Nick Gordon
24-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Minnesota Twins AAA
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Gordon bounced back at the plate last season but couldn't stay healthy enough to get a shot at the majors. After posting just a 52 wRC+in 2018, Gordon hit .298 with a .808 OPS and 102 wRC+. He played just 70 games, missing time with a lower-leg bruise, a left adductor strain and a stomach ailment. Despite the rebound at the plate, the fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft is no longer seen as the shortstop of the future. Gordon has little power, doesn't draw walks at a good clip and doesn't make contact at an elite level. He has some speed (14 steals last season) which will help his fantasy value. His glove isn't seen as strong enough to be a starter at short, so a move to second base is likely. He'll likely compete for a utility role with the Twins, but with the emergence of Luis Arraez and top prospect Royce Lewis soon on the way, Gordon's path to the majors may be with another organization. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Twins in June of 2014 that includes a $3.85 million signing bonus.
Beginning year at Rochester
SSMinnesota Twins  AAA
April 7, 2020
The Twins optioned Gordon to Triple-A Rochester on March 9.
In a repeat season at Rochester in 2019, Gordon showed significant improvement at the dish, but his .298/.342/.459 slash line (102 wRC+) still only translated to just above league-average production. While the 2014 first-round pick should eventually make his MLB debut at some point this season, the Twins likely view him as a more of a utility infielder over the long haul.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Gordon's status as Minnesota's shortstop of the future took a big hit last season, as he was the worst hitter in the International League (52 wRC+). His season got off to a strong start in his second tour of Double-A, where he hit .333 with a .906 OPS. However, at Triple-A his ISO plummeted and his line-drive rate dipped from 25.2% to 19.9%. Gordon's strikeout rate has always been manageable (20.0% at Triple-A), he just didn't do much damage when he made contact. His defense leaves a lot to be desired at shortstop (the Twins continue to give him time at second base), although big-league shortstop Jorge Polanco has similar defensive warts. Gordon could improve in a return to Triple-A, as he did at Double-A, and his speed will give him added fantasy value (20-for-25 on SB attempts last season). The Twins would like Gordon to force the issue, but he will probably debut at some point this summer even if he is just treading water at Triple-A.
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.
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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Plays first game since August
SSMinnesota Twins  AAA
March 6, 2020
Gordon made his spring debut Thursday, starting at second base and going 0-for-2. He hadn't played in a game since early August of last season because of a gastrointestinal issue, reports.
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Lands on MiLB IL
SSMinnesota Twins  AAA
Lower Leg
August 5, 2019
Gordon was placed on the 7-day injured list Monday due to a lower left leg bruise, Brandon Warne of reports.
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Back from IL
SSMinnesota Twins  AAA
May 21, 2019
Triple-A Rochester activated Gordon (thigh) from its 7-day injured list Tuesday, Do-Hyoung Park of reports.
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Shut down with thigh strain
SSMinnesota Twins  AAA
May 14, 2019
Triple-A Rochester placed Gordon on its 7-day injured list Tuesday with a left adductor strain.
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Activated from IL
SSMinnesota Twins  AAA
May 2, 2019
Triple-A Rochester reinstated Gordon (illness) from its 7-day injured list Thursday.
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