Position at a Glance This is one of the most important cross-sections of talent in any draft class. The top players, and certainly the top athletes, in high school programs tend to gravitate towards shortstop, where they can more regularly impact the game. Because of the difficulty associated with the position at the Major League level, it is not uncommon for these high school standouts to shift to a less demanding defensive home at some point during their pro development, making the high school middle infield group the incubator for a wide variety of Major League talent types. It is no wonder pro teams have gotten more aggressive in signing up-the-middle defenders out of high school over the last decade, and this year appears to offer MLB organizations a wide and varied collection through which to shop.
Nick Gordon | SS/RHP | Olympia (Orlando, FL) | Commit: Florida State Height/Weight: 6-foot-1/170 pounds B/T: L/R Draft Day Age: 18y 7m
Gordon climbed onto the scouting radar as an underclassman, in large part thanks to major-league bloodlines through his father Tom and brother Dee. A potential four-tool player at a premium position, he figures to continue to draw heavy evaluative attention throughout the spring. At the plate, Gordon struggled through a prolonged slump last summer. The diagnosis from afar was too much focus on power, extending early, heaving the barrel, and continually pounding the ball into the dirt in front of home plate. Between Jupiter and the Perfect Game World Showcase this past month, Gordon appears to have added strength and, perhaps as a result, showed a firmer and more compact delivery of the barrel, resulting in more regular hard contact.
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