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Gordon ready to flash skills at Futures Game

Shortstop prospect heads to brother's home park in Miami
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins top prospect Nick Gordon will get the chance to play in the same ballpark his brother, Dee, calls home, as he's set to represent the Twins today in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park.

Gordon, who will play for the U.S. team, has been having a strong season at Double-A Chattanooga, hitting .306/.375/.470 with six homers, 22 doubles, 45 RBIs and nine stolen bases in 76 games. The 21-year-old shortstop, son of former big league closer Tom Gordon, will be participating in the event for the first time.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins top prospect Nick Gordon will get the chance to play in the same ballpark his brother, Dee, calls home, as he's set to represent the Twins today in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park.

Gordon, who will play for the U.S. team, has been having a strong season at Double-A Chattanooga, hitting .306/.375/.470 with six homers, 22 doubles, 45 RBIs and nine stolen bases in 76 games. The 21-year-old shortstop, son of former big league closer Tom Gordon, will be participating in the event for the first time.

"It's great for him," said Twins vice president of player personnel Mike Radcliff. "He's having a great year and progressing at a really quick pace. He's a young guy in his league and is doing well. He deserves to be there."

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Gordon, ranked as the No. 40 overall prospect by MLBPipeline.com, will be taking the field at Marlins Park for the first time, which is special for him, considering Dee has played with the Marlins since 2015. Miami will be playing at San Francisco today, but Dee said he plans to watch his younger brother play from afar.

"He's hitting for power, extra-base hits, on-base percentage," Dee said. "I definitely will be watching on TV. The good thing is they're ahead of us in time, so I should be able to at least see a few innings."

Gordon's bat remains ahead of his defense, although he's improved at shortstop, playing almost exclusively there since splitting time between second and short early in the year. Radcliff said the 6-foot, 160-pounder needs to improve on fielding to his right and his arm accuracy but has the hands, range and arm strength to stick at the position.

"We thought offense would be his major impact," Radcliff said. "In that regard, he's staying on pace with that. His next deal will be whether he stays at short, but as of right now, he is. But in the big leagues, if he's at second or third or wherever, that will dictate his future value. Right now, though, he's doing great."

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Twins manager Paul Molitor had the chance to watch Gordon play this spring, as Gordon was in Major League camp for the first time. Molitor liked what he saw from Gordon, and acknowledged the Futures Game is a great event for prospects, as Twins players such as Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, Max Kepler, Joe Mauer, Jason Castro, Jose Berrios, Ervin Santana, Phil Hughes and Kyle Gibson have participated in the event.

"The Futures Game is a great showcase for prospects on the rise," said Molitor, who served as manager for the U.S. team in 2002 at Milwaukee's Miller Park. "We got the chance to see Nick a little bit this spring. The reports are that his bat remains very advanced. We're trying to make sure the rest of his game catches up, and I think he's making progress in that regard. I think it'll be a good experience for him."

The 2017 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game takes place today at 3 p.m. CT and can be viewed live on MLB Network and MLB.com.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

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