CHRIS GIBSON 6-3 190 BL TR Born- June 20, 1984 in Omaha, Nebraska Coll- Pratt CC, Southeast Missouri State Obtained- signed as a free agent, March 2009He was an All-conference outfielder at Bellevue East High School in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated in 2002 and was recruited by Arkansas-Little Rock and New Orleans.
He was also drafted drafted out of high school by the Cardinals in the 47th round. Instead of signing, he enrolled in Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kansas.
He was known as Robert Gibson in 2003 and became an All-Jayhawk Conference honorable mention as a freshman. As a sophomore hit .298 with 4 home runs, 13 stolen bases and 17 RBIs with only ten strikeouts in 161 at-bats He earned Region VI All-tournament Team honors as a sophomore.
At Southeast Missouri State in 2005 he started 29 of his 46 games played and hit .225 with 20 RBIs, He led Southeast with just 20 strikeouts.
In two seasons with the Redhawks, Gibson batted .223 with 32 runs batted in. He also stole 15 bases in 19 attempts.
He appeared in 61 games for the Gateway Grizzlies in 2007 in the independent Frontier League. The Grizzlies who play in Sauget, Illinois across the Missouri from St. Louis.
In 181 at-bats Gibson hit .260 in 61 games with a home run and 15 runs batted in. The 6-2, 210 pound left-handed hitter appeared at five different positions for the Grizzlies.
The Cardinals signed Chris Gibson to a minor league contract on December 12, 2007, purchasing his contract from the Gateway Grizzlies.
Gibson accepted an invitation to attend the organization's Spring Training in Jupiter, Florida in February. Gibson joined the Grizzlies prior to the 2007 season after playing college baseball at Southeast Missouri State University.
"Chris worked very hard for us," Grizzlies Manager Phil Warren said. "I'm very proud of Chris and excited for his opportunity."
"Chris had attended a workout with the Cardinals prior to the 2004 draft and was a player that we had considered drafting that year, but ultimately felt he was better served by further developing his tools," Cardinals Director of Minor League Operations John Vuch said.
"We saw definite improvement from his time spent with the Grizzlies and feel that he is now much more prepared to successfully move into our minor league system."