Tom Gordon, who pitched for 21 years in the Major Leagues, was drafted in the sixth round out of high school. His son Dee Gordon, currently playing second base for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was drafted in the fourth round. Chances are they won't have to wait nearly as long for the next Gordon to be chosen when the 2014 Major League Baseball draft is held in June.
, a shortstop at Olympia (Orlando, Fla.)
, is the son of Tom Gordon and the brother of Dee. As the top shortstop prospect in the country, Gordon figures to be chosen among the top 10 players in this year's draft, if current mock drafts prove to be accurate.
Gordon is one of several sons of former MLB players who are in the midst of stellar seasons. Gordon is the highest-ranking of them all, although Dazmon Cameron
of Eagle's Landing Christian Academy (McDonough, Ga.)
, the son of former MLB Gold Glove outfielder Mike Cameron, might make a strong case. The No. 1-ranked prospect in the class of 2015, Cameron could be the top high school player chosen in next year's draft.
Gordon has led Olympia to a 23-2 record and a No. 12 ranking in the Xcellent 50 National Baseball Rankings
. He is batting .508 with 24 RBIs, 22 runs scored, nine doubles and five home runs. While he has sported a fastball ranging in the mid-90s, Gordon has seen little time on the mound this season. Last year, Gordon stopped pitching after developing tendinitis in his arm. Scouts see Gordon sticking at shortstop thanks to a strong arm and outstanding athletic ability.
"He has all the tools: speed, glove, arm strength, hits for average and power," Titans coach Chuck Schall told the Orlando Sentinel
. "On top of that, he plays the game hard."
Cameron, meanwhile, has led Eagle's Landing Christian Academy to a 24-1 record including 24 straight wins. Like his father, Cameron plays in the outfield and he is batting .323 with 21 RBIs, four doubles and four home runs on the year.
to see some other sons of former MLB players.