Nick Gordon
22-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Minnesota Twins AAA
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Gordon, the fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft, could make his major-league debut in 2018 after a productive season at Double-A Chattanooga where he hit .270/.341/.408 with a career-high nine home runs. He played some second base at Double-A to accommodate other shortstop prospects, but he’ll probably be given the chance to stick at shortstop in the majors. Gordon added some needed power to his repertoire at the expense of more strikeouts (a career-high 23.2 percent rate), but also began drawing free passes at a decent clip (9.2 percent walk rate). He adds some speed on the bases (13 steals on 20 attempts), but he’s not a burner like his brother Dee. It’s not the profile of an All-Star, but he has a chance to be an average regular at shortstop, which few upper-level prospects can claim. A strong first half at Triple-A could lead to a late-season callup for the 22-year-old, but his tools aren’t loud enough for him to realistically provide much fantasy help this season. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed with the Twins for slot value of $3.851 million in June 2014.
Quiet start at Triple-A
SSMinnesota Twins  AAA
July 19, 2018
Gordon is hitting .241/.262/.355 with two homers and two steals over 52 games since being promoted to Triple-A Rochester in May.
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While the Twins are likely to deal away an infielder or two prior to the trade deadline at the end of July, Gordon does not appear to be big-league ready at this point, which gives him a very good chance of staying at Rochester for the duration of the 2018 season. While he's not striking out a ton (18.5% K%), Gordon is walking at the lowest rate of his professional career in his first crack at the International League (2.8% BB%).
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Gordon looks on track to be Minnesota's starting shortstop of the future after hitting .291/.335/.386 for High-A Fort Myers. At just 20 years old in High-A, he more than held his own, hitting 12 percent better than league average (112 wRC+). He then had a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .346 with an .862 OPS. Gordon is still growing into what could be fringe-average power, but while he projects to hit for a bit more pop than his older brother, he falls well short of Dee in the speed department. Gordon was only successful on 19 of 32 stolen-base attempts at High-A (59.4 percent success rate), and lacks plus speed. Against big league batteries, he only projects to steal 10-20 bases in his peak. He needs to be more selective in order to profile as a leadoff hitter (4.7 percent walk rate), but his contact skills (17.5 percent strikeout rate) and above-average hit tool should allow him to be an everyday player. Look for him to debut in late 2018.
The fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft began the season slow by hitting .250/.325/.301 in the first half at Low-A Cedar Rapids, but bounced back by hitting .302/.347/.416 in the second half. A left-handed hitting shortstop, Gordon offers plus speed and the ability to hit to all fields, but he'll need to add more power to be a star player with the bat. He's had good reviews for his defense and could make up for his lack of power with his glove. He was young for his level at just 19 so his power may develop as he matures. He could be an impact player in the majors in just a few years.
The fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft and brother of Dee Gordon, Nick hit .294/.333/.366 with one homer and 11 steals in 57 games with rookie-level Elizabethon before a broken finger prematurely ended his season. A left-handed hitting shortstop, Gordon offers plus-speed and the ability to hit to all fields, but he'll need to add strength as he advances through the minor leagues in order to avoid being overpowered by opposing pitchers at the highest level. At just 19 years old, it will be a while before Gordon reaches the majors, but there's reason to believe that he could be an impact player in the majors.
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Promoted to Triple-A
SSMinnesota Twins  AAA
May 22, 2018
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Shining in repeat tour of Southern League
SSMinnesota Twins  AAA
May 10, 2018
Gordon went 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and a stolen base Wednesday for Double-A Chattanooga.
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Hot start at Double-A
SSMinnesota Twins  AAA
April 11, 2018
Gordon is 7-for-18 (.389 average) with one steal and a 3:2 K:BB in five games for Double-A Chattanooga.
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Starting season at Double-A
SSMinnesota Twins  AAA
April 1, 2018
Gordon is expected to report to Double-A Chattanooga to begin the season, Dan Hayes of The Athletic Minnesota reports.
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Reassigned to minor-league camp
SSMinnesota Twins  AAA
March 18, 2018
Gordon was reassigned to Minnesota's minor league camp. He hit .409 (9 for 22) during spring training.
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