|Acquired: Drafted by the Phillies in the 26th round of the 2009 Draft.|
|Bats: L Throws: L|
|Height: 6' 2" Weight: 195 lbs.|
|Birth Date: June 16, 1987|
|2009 Team(s): GCL / Lakewood|
|Positions/Games: RF (18), LF (16), CF (6), P (1)|
|School: University of California, Santa Barbara|
Batting and Power: Brian Gump hasn't needed a whole lot of time to adjust to professional baseball. The scary part about him is that he can be a much better hitter than he showed in his first season, with a few tweaks in his mechanics. Gump could develop more power potential if his sessions with Lakewood coach Greg Legg pay off. Legg has been working with Gump to get him to use his lower body more and put his hands in a better position to hit. As it stands now, Gump has good power, but he could well take that to a higher level. He should be able to hit for a good average as he continues to adjust to pitching at higher levels.
|Category||Brian Gump||GCL average|
|Categories with numbers in white show areas where Gump outperferformed the average player in the Gulf Coast League during the 2009 season. Categories with numbers in black show areas where he was below the league average.|
Defense: The Phillies have liked the way Gump has handled himself defensively. He made just one error in 75 chances last season in the minors and has good range and instincts. His arm is average.
Projection: Gump projects as a corner outfielder, who at this point just needs to play more and develop his skills against minor league pitchers. While Gump has publicly said he thinks he stands a chance to start at High-A Clearwater this season, the Phillies may be a bit more conservative with him and start him back at Lakewood, where he finished the 2009 season. Don't be surprised though is Gump does make his way to Lakewood at some point during the year as he shows that he can handle better pitching. It will be interesting to see how his winter sessions with Legg and others in the Phillies organization will pay off when he gets a chance to face real pitching this spring and into the summer.
Comparison: Imagine the Kansas City Royals version of Raul Ibanez, but with more speed. In his time with the Royals, Ibanez averaged 18 home runs per season and hit .291 in K.C. It's not out of the question that Gump could put up those types of numbers and add some speed into the mix. If he were to fall short in any area, it might be that his home run totals would be a little lower than Ibanez' during that period, perhaps in the 12 to 15 range.
Brian Gump's career stats