CLEVELAND — Nick Gordon’s season at Class A Fort Myers was so impressive, he’s headed to Arizona once it’s over.
Gordon, drafted by the Twins with the fifth overall pick in 2014, is one of six Minnesota prospects selected for the Arizona Fall League, MLB’s two-month prospect showcase. The 20-year-old shortstop, who is batting .296 with 31 extra-base hits and 16 stolen bases, will play for the Surprise Saguaros when the AFL season gets underway on Oct. 11.
Joining Gordon in Surprise will be catcher Mitch Garver, outfielder Tanner English and pitchers Mason Melotakis, Randy Rosario and John Curtiss.
Garver, a ninth-round pick in 2013, is primarily a catcher, but can also play first base. He batted .264 with 12 homers and 73 RBI at combined stops at AA Chattanooga and AAA Rochester.
English, an 11th round pick in 2014, has 52 stolen bases in 170 career minor league games, plus a respectable .272 batting average. He has yet to play above the Class A level.
Melotakis, a second round pick in 2012, had a 3.06 ERA in 35 relief appearances at Rochester. More impressive, he struck out 41 in 32 1/3 innings.
Rosario, a 22-year-old Dominican, was 6-6 with a 3.64 ERA in 23 games at Class A and AA.
Curtiss, a sixth-round pick in 2014, had a 2.64 ERA in 42 relief outings at two Class A stops. The former University of Texas righthander struck out 82 in 58 innings.