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Detroit Tigers TigsTown Scouting Report #29: Cam Gibson

The Tigers fifth rounder in 2015, and more notably the son of former baseball great Kirk Gibson, Cam had a solid debut season, primarily at short-season Connecticut. As a player that has earned a reputation as being a grinder, Gibson has one particular skill that could carry his game as he moves up the ladder.


Position: Outfielder

Date of Birth: 2/12/1994 (2016 Opening Day Age: 22)

Height/Weight: 6’0/180

Bats/Throws: Left/Right

Acquired: 2015 Draft, 5th Round

Ranking History: No Previous Ranking


2015 Performance:

GCL Rookie 3 10 2 2 0 1 0 3 2 .200 .273 .400
Connecticut SS-A 33 131 19 33 1 4 6 24 4 .252 .303 .458


Scouting Report

Body: Average frame; lean; excellent athlete; has strength in lower and upper body despite skinny appearance.


Hit: Aggressive swinger that attacks pitches anywhere near the strike zone; tries to pull just about everything he sees and will roll over many outside pitches for easy ground outs; struggles with secondary pitches, particularly quality breaking balls; swing and miss is prevalent and will always hinder application of hitting ability; slap hitter at the highest level; needs improved approach to make slap hitting work; below-average hitter with limited OBP potential beyond hits; .240-.250 hitter at MLB level. Grade – Present 3/Future 3+


Power: Has strength to drive ball but doesn’t translate strength to results in game situations; will occasionally turn on inside pitches and yank out of the park to right field; those instances will become less frequent against more advanced arms; has not demonstrated ability to drive ball to opposite field with any consistency; against advanced pitchers, power will not be significant part of game. Grade – 2/3


Speed: True burner; gets out of the box and down the line in a hurry; consistently runs things out and utilizes speed exceptionally well; shows elite speed at times but instincts are raw and force speed to play down to 7; gets up to speed quickly and is impressive taking extra bases when he gets going; speed can be an asset on defense as well. Grade – 7/7


Defense: Has raw tools, including speed and athleticism, to stick in CF; instincts are still rough and need to develop for player to cover necessary ground from gap to gap; near-elite speed can cover many mistakes at this level but may be exposed at higher levels; potential average center field glove and would likely settle in as average defender on either corner, as well. Grade – 4/5


Arm: Currently well below-average; doesn’t generate arm speed or velocity on throws; accuracy was good in limited defensive viewings last summer; unlikely to see significant improvement in arm strength through pro instruction; arm strength likely to limit player to left field long term. Grade – 3/3


Other: Quality makeup; grinder of the highest order; leaves it all on the field; natural athlete that is still developing as a baseball player.


Final Word

Summary: Speed and pedigree (son of Kirk Gibson) are the only elements of profile that stand out; lacks projection as a hitter given aggressive approach and modest barrel control; power is well below-average and will not be part of game at highest level; has offensive profile of leadoff hitter but lacks consistent approach and on-base ability to be an asset at the top of an order; has some potential to fill CF slot but arm strength will limit to left field; tremendous pressure on offensive development because of limited defensive profile.


Risk: Extreme risk; Offensive game needs to be re-worked at professional level for profile to work; no full-season experience and modest short-season success.


Projection: Without sudden and unexpected offensive improvements, projects to bench role where speed could be an asset as a pinch runner or defensive replacement.



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