Nick Gordon

Nick Gordon

28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Miami Marlins
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Gordon looked set to take a more prominent role in the Twins lineup last season but struggled early in the season and then suffered a season-ending broken leg May 17. Gordon went from a light hitting utility player to adding power in 2022 by slugging .427 and hitting nine home runs with 28 doubles, which helped make him an above average hitter with a 111 wRC+. He entered spring training with a shot at winning the everyday DH role or becoming a regular in the lineup while alternating positions. He hit just .127 with a .343 OPS in April and subsequently was stuck on the bench. He then fouled a ball off his shin in mid-May and broke his right tibia. He was able to play in a rehab assignment late in September but wasn't added to the postseason roster. Traded to Miami in February, he'll enter spring training needing to fight for a utility role as his chance for an everyday job may have passed him by. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Twins in February of 2024. Traded to the Marlins in February of 2024.
Continues to lose playing time
OFMiami Marlins
July 4, 2024
Gordon is not in the lineup for Thursday's contest versus the Red Sox.
ANALYSIS
It's the fourth straight game on the bench for Gordon and the third consecutive time it's come against a right-hander. The 28-year-old looks to have lost his grip on a regular role versus righties, with Emmanuel Rivera being the primary beneficiary.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
26
23
7
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+23%
OPS vs RHP
2024
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+46%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+46%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .572 122 14 2 11 4 .207 .256 .315
Since 2022vs Right .706 652 69 17 75 7 .255 .288 .418
2024vs Left .619 21 4 1 2 0 .190 .190 .429
2024vs Right .656 217 21 7 27 5 .238 .267 .388
2023vs Left .700 10 1 0 1 0 .300 .300 .400
2023vs Right .479 83 12 2 6 0 .160 .171 .309
2022vs Left .542 91 9 1 8 4 .200 .267 .275
2022vs Right .793 352 36 8 42 2 .289 .329 .465
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2024
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2023
 
 
+20%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .675 395 43 10 50 5 .247 .278 .397
Since 2022Away .697 379 40 9 36 6 .249 .288 .409
2024Home .606 113 11 4 16 2 .211 .239 .367
2024Away .695 125 14 4 13 3 .254 .280 .415
2023Home .548 49 7 0 4 0 .213 .229 .319
2023Away .455 44 6 2 3 0 .136 .136 .318
2022Home .736 233 25 6 30 3 .272 .307 .429
2022Away .751 210 20 3 20 3 .271 .325 .426
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Stat Review
How does Nick Gordon compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.15
 
BB Rate
3.8%
 
K Rate
24.8%
 
BABIP
.278
 
ISO
.159
 
AVG
.233
 
OBP
.261
 
SLG
.392
 
OPS
.653
 
wOBA
.284
 
Exit Velocity
86.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
26.5%
 
Barrels/PA
5.0%
 
Expected BA
.226
 
Expected SLG
.378
 
Sprint Speed
24.5 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
51.8%
 
Line Drive %
19.4%
 
Fly Ball %
28.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Gordon made strides at the plate last season that earned him a steady presence in the lineup in a utility role. Gordon improved his power by slugging .427 and hitting nine home runs with 28 doubles, which helped make him an above average hitter with a 111 wRC+. His versatility to play five positions saw him get 443 plate appearances amid an injury-plagued Twins roster. Gordon has decent speed but had just six stolen bases as he struggled with efficiency (four CS) and Minnesota's reluctance to steal bases. While Gordon has versatility, his glove isn't seen as strong enough for everyday duty in the infield nor is he seen as a plus defender in the outfield. He'll return in a utility role but may not get as much playing time with a healthier roster.
Minnesota tried to re-make the former first-round draft pick into a utility player last season with mixed results. Gordon played six positions in the majors as he's not seen as having the glove for everyday duty at shortstop. He hit just .240 with a .774 OPS as he struck out too often (25.5%) and drew too few walks (5.5%) for a player lacking significant power. He did steal 10 bases, however, which should give him fantasy value even in a reserve role. If he can make more contact (just 72.5%) he could be a fantasy asset. However, he's no lock to win a reserve role this spring.
Gordon was sidelined for much of July and August after testing positive for COVID-19. He was able to train for a few weeks before landing on the injured list again in late September. He likely missed out on several opportunities to get playing time in the majors when the Twins were short on middle infielders. In a repeat season at Rochester in 2019, Gordon showed significant improvement at the plate, but his .298/.342/.459 slash line (102 wRC+) still only translated to just above league-average production. He may have missed his best chance to establish himself in the majors last year and will need to rebuild his career at Triple-A. He'll still get a shot to win a reserve role this spring.
Gordon bounced back at the plate last season but couldn't stay healthy enough to get a shot at the majors. After posting just a 52 wRC+in 2018, Gordon hit .298 with a .808 OPS and 102 wRC+. He played just 70 games, missing time with a lower-leg bruise, a left adductor strain and a stomach ailment. Despite the rebound at the plate, the fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft is no longer seen as the shortstop of the future. Gordon has little power, doesn't draw walks at a good clip and doesn't make contact at an elite level. He has some speed (14 steals last season) which will help his fantasy value. His glove isn't seen as strong enough to be a starter at short, so a move to second base is likely. He'll likely compete for a utility role with the Twins, but with the emergence of Luis Arraez and top prospect Royce Lewis soon on the way, Gordon's path to the majors may be with another organization.
Gordon's status as Minnesota's shortstop of the future took a big hit last season, as he was the worst hitter in the International League (52 wRC+). His season got off to a strong start in his second tour of Double-A, where he hit .333 with a .906 OPS. However, at Triple-A his ISO plummeted and his line-drive rate dipped from 25.2% to 19.9%. Gordon's strikeout rate has always been manageable (20.0% at Triple-A), he just didn't do much damage when he made contact. His defense leaves a lot to be desired at shortstop (the Twins continue to give him time at second base), although big-league shortstop Jorge Polanco has similar defensive warts. Gordon could improve in a return to Triple-A, as he did at Double-A, and his speed will give him added fantasy value (20-for-25 on SB attempts last season). The Twins would like Gordon to force the issue, but he will probably debut at some point this summer even if he is just treading water at Triple-A.
Gordon, the fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft, could make his major-league debut in 2018 after a productive season at Double-A Chattanooga where he hit .270/.341/.408 with a career-high nine home runs. He played some second base at Double-A to accommodate other shortstop prospects, but he’ll probably be given the chance to stick at shortstop in the majors. Gordon added some needed power to his repertoire at the expense of more strikeouts (a career-high 23.2 percent rate), but also began drawing free passes at a decent clip (9.2 percent walk rate). He adds some speed on the bases (13 steals on 20 attempts), but he’s not a burner like his brother Dee. It’s not the profile of an All-Star, but he has a chance to be an average regular at shortstop, which few upper-level prospects can claim. A strong first half at Triple-A could lead to a late-season callup for the 22-year-old, but his tools aren’t loud enough for him to realistically provide much fantasy help this season.
Gordon looks on track to be Minnesota's starting shortstop of the future after hitting .291/.335/.386 for High-A Fort Myers. At just 20 years old in High-A, he more than held his own, hitting 12 percent better than league average (112 wRC+). He then had a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .346 with an .862 OPS. Gordon is still growing into what could be fringe-average power, but while he projects to hit for a bit more pop than his older brother, he falls well short of Dee in the speed department. Gordon was only successful on 19 of 32 stolen-base attempts at High-A (59.4 percent success rate), and lacks plus speed. Against big league batteries, he only projects to steal 10-20 bases in his peak. He needs to be more selective in order to profile as a leadoff hitter (4.7 percent walk rate), but his contact skills (17.5 percent strikeout rate) and above-average hit tool should allow him to be an everyday player. Look for him to debut in late 2018.
The fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft began the season slow by hitting .250/.325/.301 in the first half at Low-A Cedar Rapids, but bounced back by hitting .302/.347/.416 in the second half. A left-handed hitting shortstop, Gordon offers plus speed and the ability to hit to all fields, but he'll need to add more power to be a star player with the bat. He's had good reviews for his defense and could make up for his lack of power with his glove. He was young for his level at just 19 so his power may develop as he matures. He could be an impact player in the majors in just a few years.
The fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft and brother of Dee Gordon, Nick hit .294/.333/.366 with one homer and 11 steals in 57 games with rookie-level Elizabethon before a broken finger prematurely ended his season. A left-handed hitting shortstop, Gordon offers plus-speed and the ability to hit to all fields, but he'll need to add strength as he advances through the minor leagues in order to avoid being overpowered by opposing pitchers at the highest level. At just 19 years old, it will be a while before Gordon reaches the majors, but there's reason to believe that he could be an impact player in the majors.
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Idle again Wednesday
OFMiami Marlins
July 3, 2024
Gordon is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against Boston.
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Sitting against RHP
OFMiami Marlins
July 2, 2024
Gordon is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox.
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Taking seat against southpaw
OFMiami Marlins
June 30, 2024
Gordon is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Phillies.
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Pops eighth homer
OFMiami Marlins
June 29, 2024
Gordon went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Phillies.
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Idle Friday
OFMiami Marlins
June 28, 2024
Gordon is out of the lineup for Friday's game against Philadelphia.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Good chance for turnaround?
OFMinnesota Twins
April 27, 2023
Mark Simon of Sports Info Solutions highlighted Gordon as one of the most unlucky hitters in baseball through the first month of the season.
ANALYSIS
The 27-year-old is just 6-for-52 through 19 games this season but has an expected batting averaged of .254. Gordon's average exit velocity is down slightly to 89 mph, though his BABIP is still exceedingly low at .125. His defensive versatility makes him a strong bench option, but Gordon may need to improve his offensive production in order to retain his spot with the big club.
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