It’s start to look forward to the MLB First-Year Player draft which is scheduled to begin on June 5th and will finish up on June 7th. The Colorado Rockies finished the 2013 campaign with a record of 74-88 which places them at pick number eight.
In this addition of the Mock Draft, we have shortstop Nick Gordon of Olympia High School (Florida) going to the Colorado Rockies with the eighth selection.
Hometown: Windermere, Florida (US)
The Rockies are going to have to replace All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki sometime down the road whether it’s someone in the draft (Nick Gordon) or someone in their system (Trevor Story) (Rosell Herrera). If you were wondering, yes he is the brother of Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Dee Gordon and the son of Tom (Flash) Gordon.
Like his brother Dee, Nick possesses the tools to become an everyday player in the Major Leagues. His speed allows him to cover a lot of ground in the infield, ranging from his left to his right smoothly. Scouts brag about his arm which is seen at the top of his draft class. He was clocked at throwing 94 MPH off the mound while throwing the exact same from short to first. He isn’t expected to be a power-hitter by any means but does have some surprise pop in his bat. He has a good frame at 6’2″ to add some more weight and could project as a 10-15 homer type of player.
Here is what Perfect Game had to say about the prospects of the shortstop.
Good athlete, really projects both ways, outstanding defensive SS stood out at WWBA, BCS, and PG Nat., great bloodlines, up to 94 @ PG World, Very good at PG All American Game. Keeps getting better and bat was best we have seen it at PG World
Like Perfect Game noted, his bat is a work in progress but his fielding is off the charts. He is regarded as having the softest hands and best range of any player in the draft. Although his bat is a work in progress, he has shown signs of a good stroke and can hit the ball the other way. His speed could translate to do damage on the bases as well. The speedy infielder is a Florida State commit but it’s hard to see him making it past the first-round.