Gibson Working Hard to Refine His Game

Entering his fourth season of pro ball this year, it's hard to believe that Tyler Gibson is still just 20 years old. Selected in the 15th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft, the toolsy outfield prospect had a busy off-season refining his craft.

"I worked on my stance, moved my hands, focused on being more upright and keeping my head as still as I can," Tyler Gibson stated earlier this week.

"I focused on trying to simplify my swing to make it as consistent as possible."

Gibson further explained, "I feel like I had some flaws in my swing which made me miss and foul off fastballs that I should have put in play. Hopefully the adjustments I made this offsseason will help that and also allow me to recognize pitches better."

Listed at 190 pounds last season, Gibson noticeably has bulked up.

"I weigh about 210 or so," Gibson stated when asked about his weight.

"I made an effort this off-season to gain some weight and get stronger and faster so I won't break down during the long season."

Gibson added that he's also been working hard to improve the defensive skill set of his game.

"I've been trying to build arm strength," Gibson stated, continuing, "My mechanics have gotten a lot better since I came into pro ball. The main thing for me is to improve my routes in the outfield. I should be able to get to more balls when my routes get better."

Gibson compiled a .203 batting average and a .603 OPS over 138 at-bats last season in short season Connecticut last year.

He's a member of the TigsTown 2014 Top 50, as he was tabbed the 44th best prospect in the Tigers organization by TigsTown. Read his full scouting report here!

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