LOS ANGELES – Dee Gordon spent part of his Wednesday afternoon on FaceTime, chatting with his younger brother, Nick, a Florida high school shortstop projected to be a top 10 pick in Thursday's Major League Baseball draft. Matt Kemp wandered over to say hello.
“I couldn’t tell how excited he is,” Dee Gordon said. “I think I’m more excited than he is, to be honest.”
Dee Gordon went in the fourth round to the Dodgers in 2008 in part because he took up baseball late in high school after concentrating on basketball. He has been a bit of a late bloomer, shuttling between the minors and majors the past few seasons before sticking as the Dodgers’ everyday second baseman after a position switch this season.
Nick Gordon, Dee said, has been playing baseball since he was 3 -– when he played against 7-year-olds. Both are the sons of longtime major league pitcher Tom “Flash” Gordon.
“You could tell he was 3, but he was better than everybody,” Dee Gordon said. “I’m dead serious.”
ESPN's Keith Law has Nick Gordon being drafted fifth by the Minnesota Twins. Here is Dee Gordon’s scouting report on his brother, and, if you’re wondering, there is little chance the Dodgers will get their hands on Nick. The Dodgers don’t draft until No. 22:
“He can hit for power, hit for average, great arm, great glove, great instincts, plus runner,” Dee said. “Man, that was kind of six tools, man. He’s the first six-tool player. Y’all wrote that down, right? Six tools. He’s got one more than [Yasiel] Puig.”