Gordon bats left-handed and impressed scouts with his swing. He has a loose swing with strong bat speed and even stronger wrists. He consistently gets the inside of the ball and drives the gaps. Now he is a currently a doubles hitter when it comes to consistent power but his bat speed as strong wrists give the 6'1", 180 lbs. shortstop his fair share of pop. When he learns how to pull the ball, he should should adequate to, possibly, above-average power for a player of his size.
In addition to his abilities at the plate, Gordon is a strong defensive player. He has soft hands and good range for a shortstop but where he makes his money is his arm which is already rated as a 70 on the 20-80 scale. The only question about his arm is his release point which sits in the three-quarter arm slot which sometimes causes his throws to tail.
While Gordon possesses decent speed, he is not in the same class as his brother Dee. He is fast but his first step out of the batters box is nothing special. Where Gordon really separates himself from the rest of the pack is his makeup. He has natural baseball instincts which come from growing up in a baseball household.
Although Gordon is likely to be drafted as a shortstop, there is the possibility of him converting to a full-time pitcher if his shortstop game isn't there. He gets his fastball up to 94 mph but sits consistently in the low-90s while possessing an above-average curveball similar to the one his father used to get selected to the 1998, 2004 and 2006 All Star Games.
Fit with The Phillies:
There are two reasons that there might be some hesitation selecting Gordon. First and foremost is the Phillies appear to have their future shortstop in J.P. Crawford, who was selected in the first round last year. Crawford is playing fantastic in Low-A Lakewood batting .322/.417/.452 with three home runs and 17 RBIs to go along with nine stolen bases.
The other reason might be the Phillies need for a proven player to rise through the minors quickly. They were lucky enough over the past few years to have a solid nucleus so they could gamble a bit on "toolsy" players with high upside. Unfortunately all of those gambles have failed and now the Phillies need talent. While I don't think the organization would be gun-shy with "toolsy" players at the draft, I certainly wouldn't count it out of the realm of possibilities.
The front office had a number of prospects in Philadelphia this week for a pre-draft workout and one of the prospects was Gordon, whose father pitched for the Phillies from 2006-08 making one All-Star appearance and winning a World Series with the club. It appeared to be a favor to the organization as by all recent accounts, it does not appear Gordon will be available past the Minnesota Twins, who select fifth overall.
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