Name: Angelo Gumbs
School level: HS
The Yankees took Angelo Gumbs with their second pick in the 2010 amateur draft. Like Cito Culver, Gumbs is an extremely young, athletic player with a high ceiling. He plays short and center, but will likely play primarily in center field from here on out. He’s listed at 6’2″ and 180 lbs.
Here is what Baseball Beginnings had to say about him:
Gumbs is a high school shortstop and a center fielder at heart, the position he’d like to play as a pro. He added about three inches from his sophomore year to his junior year and started to fill out, though there is a long way to go in that body. He’s rangy and whippy with above-average athletic actions. He’s going to be a player, and we’re happy to introduce him.
Bats Right, Throws Right
Games Seen 1, Innings: 7 (Spring 2009, Junior year at Angel Stadium)
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Lean athletic and muscular build, strong forearms and hands, long fingers; High athletic legs; still physically maturing, like night and day between sophomore and junior years. Natural athlete.
STRENGTHS: Way above-average athletic actions. Fast arm, feet move, good arm action and footwork. 4.25 runner to 1B from RH side, fast first step, starts and stops on bases. Instinctive fielder; possess game-awareness, soft hands on defense, plus-range as SS. Fast hands at plate.
WEAKNESSES: Still growing as a hitter. A little too armsy and long with swing right now, and a little flat at times. Needs experience regularly hitting with wood against good pitching. Will need to show he can get his hands inside the good fastball. Power is a few years down the road.
SUMMARY: An athlete. Chance to be true 5-tool player, with grades 50 or better in each tool. Whippy and strong athletic body; could play SS or CF. Should become multi-platform offensive and defensive threat.
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