Trevor Gott, Right-Handed Pitcher
HT : 6'0
WT : 190 lb.
DOB : August 26, 1992, Lexington, KY
Throws : Right
Bats : Right
School : University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
Acquired : Trade 2014 : San Diego Padres
Stock : Rising
Cool Notes : Born in Lexington, KY, went to high school in Lexington, KY, went to college in Lexington, KY
How important is a seventh or eighth inning reliever? How about you ask the Royals? The Angels have acquired some pretty special prospects over the past six months, and Trevor Gott is right near the top of that list. With a ceiling as high as a Major League closer, Gott is slowly becoming one of our favorite guys in the system.
Gott has one of the better fastballs in the system. When he was in the Padres system, Gott was throwing in the mid 90's, occasionally touching 94. Once he came into grace with the Angels, Gott was tagging an average of 94-96 MPH, and tapped 98 on more than a few occasions. Gott uses a two-seam grip on his fastball, and it really has some nasty run to it. It nearly looks like a sinker due to it's strong diving movement, but isn't really a true sinker, it just moves that well. It isn't likely he'll be in the 98 range often, but a mid 90's fastball with as much movement as Gott has isn't something to take lightly.
Gott's fastball seems to come in somewhat quicker than it already is due to a load of deception. Gott hides the ball incredibly well, to the point where batters don't see the ball until it's leaving his hand, which happens to be the same arm slot his off-speed offerings come from, making him even more deceptive.
Gott has a pair of off-speed offerings, a changeup and slider. Gott's mid to high 80's slider has a lot of slurve movement to it, and is more than just simply effective. Mixed with his dominant fastball, Gott has really made batters jump the gun on his slider, and it is his best swing and miss pitch. It fits well against righties, really falling away from the zone and away from the batter. Gott rarely goes to his changeup, but when he does use it, it's against left-handed bats and have some fool to it, but isn't something you can expect to see a lot of
Gott truly is a reliever, with his aggressive style and quick motions. He hurls pitches in with a fast and lively arm and rarely drops his three-quarter arm slot. Gott had some inconstencies with his landing mark and release point at the higher levels, which may have come with fatigue.
Gott is unique, because he has great control and command of his pitches, but has had high walk rates at times. On occasions, Gott leaves his fastball up, which may because he has no trouble elevating it, but may be something we see tweaked with this next season. Gott really has no trouble commanding his slider or finding the strike zone with it. The walk rates are a small concern, but it may just come with the movement of both his fastball and slider.
Gott was a five-letter winner at Tates Creek High School. In his freshman year, Gott posted a 2.95 ERA, being named the Rookie of the Year, and hit .338, leading the team his sophomore year, as well as in strikeouts. As a junior, Gott was named a preseason All-American selection by Perfect Game, and earned All-State and Regional Player of the Year honors, giving up just one earned run the whole season. During his senior year, Gott earned All-State and Regional Player of the Year honors as well. His 6-0, 1.12 ERA, 76 strikeouts in 47.1 innings, .382 batting average and 13 RBI helped Gott be named the Gatorade Kentucky High School Player of the Year. Gott was voted by coaches and media as the top ranked prospect in Kentucky by IHigh.com over his high school years.
As a freshman at Kentucky, Gott posted a 3.62 ERA and 2-4 record with two saves in 23 appearances where he pitched a total of 27.1 innings. If you take away a trio of outings where he allowed nine runs in 1.2 innings, Gott would have posted a 0.70 ERA. Gott struck out 34 batters over the season, while walking just 16 walks. Gott did not allow an earned run in his first 11 college outings, and allowed just one run in his final six games. He held a 2-2 record with a 2.57 ERA in 11 non-conference games.
Gott could not have been a more dominant force in his sophomore season, posting a 2.16 ERA in 25 innings pitched, where he allowed just 17 hits and seven walks, while striking out 38 and holding bats to a .189 average. Gott broke the school record in saves, with nine, picking up nine straight to end the season. Without his first save opportunity, Gott would have held a 0.39 ERA, allowing just one earned run all season. The Wildcats bullpen helped the team go 40-0 while leading after seven innings. Gott was awarded the NCBWA Stopper of the Year as well as USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award.
Upon being drafted, Gott didn't drop off from his college days. Gott has 25 of his 31 outings go scorless, and without a five run outing, Gott would have held a 1.28 ERA. Gott allowed three runs in his final 16 appearances (18.1 IP). Left-handed bats were held to a .095/.224/.119 slash against Gott in 42 at bats. Gott did not allow a hit with runners on with two outs, and allowed just eight hits total in 56 at bats with runners on.
Gott continued his success at the high levels of the minors, posting a 3.16 ERA with 16 saves in 20 opportunities in High-A this past season. His ERA spiked after this final outing before being called up to Double-A, with a three run outing, putting his ERA above three instead of at 2.35. While remaining in the Padres system in Double-A, Gott couldn't find the strike zone, walking nine in 11.2 innings, which put his ERA at 4.63 and WHIP at 1.714. Gott did go scoreless in his first four outings though, only allowing six base runners in four innings of work.
While in the Angels system, Gott only saw time in Double-A and thrived. He allowed just two hits and five walks in his first 11.1 innings (seven appearances), all of them being scoreless. Bats were held to a .186/.264/.186 slash against Gott (no extra base hits allowed).
Gott is in a nice spot currently. The Angels saw him in the Arizona Fall League, and will see him once again in Spring Training as he got a big league invite. There's no note saying Gott will make the Major League roster out of Spring Training, but there's no note saying he won't either.
Gott will more than likely begin 2015 in Triple-A or Double-A, and time is on his side, which helps. However, Gott should see MLB time in 2015, with relievers being moved around constantly. He's nearing being ready, and for all we know, could have become ready this off-season.
Gott will be a reliever, there's no doubt about that. The question with him is whether he'll be a closer or not. It's not leaning that way currently, but it's not out of the question. Gott fits best as a seventh inning man at the time, as he hasn't shown large abilities to go further than two innings or more. Everyone is starting to notice how important that seventh inning guy is, so the Angels may have traded for a nice gem here.
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Taylor Blake Ward is a Senior Publisher for InsideTheHalos.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.