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Updated: June 5th, 2014 6:38pm
Twins select high school SS Nick Gordon with No. 5 overall pick

Twins select high school SS Nick Gordon with No. 5 overall pick

by Phil Mackey
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The Minnesota Twins selected Olympia High School (FL) shortstop Nick Gordon with the No. 5 pick in Thursday night's MLB first-year player draft.

The son of long-time reliever Tom "Flash" Gordon and the brother of Dodgers speedster Dee Gordon, Nick Gordon is expected to remain at shortstop long-term -- a key position the Twins have been relatively thin at organizationally for the past decade. 

Gordon, 18, was rated as the sixth-best prospect in the draft by Baseball America and fifth-best according to 

According to, Gordon "has 45 raw power (on a 20-80 scale) that could be a 50 and he should produce about 15 homer annually, should he be able to add a little more weight, something his broad shoulders should allow Nick to do better than Dee. ...

"Gordon will show plus timed speed but is more of a solid-average runner in game that's a little faster underway. 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."

This was the 11th time in franchise history the Twins have had a top-five pick. With the other 10 top-five selections, the franchise took Bryan Oelkers (1982), Tim Belcher ('83), Willie Banks ('87), David McCarty ('91), Travis Lee ('96), B.J. Garbe ('99), Adam Johnson ('00), Joe Mauer ('01), Byron Buxton ('12) and Kohl Stewart ('13). 

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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