Gil had logged a .308 batting average in the Dominican Summer League in 2009, but the excitement was diminished when it became clear that he was 20 years old at the time, playing against teenagers. After his suspension, he competed in the Midwest League in 2011, and plateaued at A-Advanced Palm Beach the last two seasons. Like former keystone partner Starlin Rodriguez, Gil was converted into an outfielder in 2013.
Though he is now 25 years old, I thought the switch hitter might be given a little more time to acclimate to his new position, but that is not the case, likely due to his weak bat and advancing age. Gil would clearly not initially be competitive for Double-A Springfield this season, signaling an unusual third Palm Beach season would have been ahead.
The last two years in the Florida State League, Gil batted just .224 and .230, respectively, offering little hope his bat will come around. While he did steal 25 bases over the last two seasons, he was also cut down 10 times.
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