La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Twins select Nick Gordon with the No. 5 pick

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 5, 2014 - 6:59 PM

Son of Flash. Brother of Dee.

Nick Gordon was drafted by the Twins with the fifth overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft.

Gordon starred at Olympia High in Orlando Fla., where he played shortstop and pitched. He hit 94 on the gun, but he's definitely is going to play the infield. The 6-foot-2, 170 pound left-handed hitting shortstop hit .494 with 10 doubles, two triples, five home runs, 27 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 99 plate appearances as a senior, and .505 with 15 doubles, six triples and 12 stolen bases as a junior.

Despite outfielder Alex Jackson being available, the Twins wanted Gordon, considered the best position player available in this draft.

"We have been locked in on Nick,'' said Deron Johnson, the Twins scouting director. ''He was our guy from the  start. We like the fact he can play shortstop. We like his offensse, his ability to swing. I think he's going to have power down the road.''


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