Date of Birth: 2/12/1994 (2016 Opening Day Age: 22)
Acquired: 2015 Draft, 5th Round
Ranking History: No Previous Ranking
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.
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.