MLB Draft scouting report: Prep SS Nick Gordon

MLB Draft scouting report: Prep SS Nick Gordon
June 5, 2014, 10:30 am
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Nick Gordon (SS), Olympia High School (Orlando, Fla.)

6'2" | 170 lbs

2014 stats (may be incomplete): 99 PA, .494/.576/.843, 5 HR, 10 2B, 2 3B, 13 SB, 13 BB, 3 K

Scouting report:

"He has all the tools defensively to be an average defender at shortstop, something that is much rarer to find than it sounds like. Gordon's range, hands, footwork and instincts are all above average and his plus arm forgives the rare mistake, such as staying back on grounders at times." (Scout.com)

"Gordon has a line drive stroke and has shown good feel for hitting, doing a solid job with pitch recognition and shows a willingness to hit the ball the other way." (MyMLBDraft.com)

"At worst, Gordon will be a solid utility infielder. A very cautious prognostication would be slating him as a starting 2B or CF in the bigs but I feel he should be a capable starting short stop with a good enough bat to be a first division player with the possibility of more." (Minor League Ball)

Fit for Cubs: The Cubs may be keen on taking a college position player if they don't go with a pitcher at No. 4, though Gordon is an elite talent with a fantastic pedigree — his father, Tom, pitched 21 years in the majors (including one year with the Cubs) and his brother, Dee, currently leads baseball with 35 stolen bases for the Dodgers. Middle infield talent isn't easy to come across, either, which is why Gordon could be a fit for not only the Cubs, but any other team.

Fit for White Sox: The White Sox picked a shortstop in last year's draft (Tim Anderson) and have a glut of middle infielders in Triple-A (Carlos Sanchez, Micah Johnson, Marcus Semien), though again — it's hard to have too many talented middle infielders. The White Sox, though, will likely select a pitcher with the No. 3 pick in tonight's MLB Draft.

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