Well conditioned; Above-average athlete; Frame has room to add more strength as he matures.
Mechanics: Hands start high, then drop, which creates noise; Slight leg kick; Slight load; Mild leverage; Average bat speed; Balanced throughout stroke; Minimal effort.
Lakewood BlueClaws (Low A, Phillies)
Showed some immaturity on the field, but should mature as he gains experience. No major character red flags.
40; Reserve infielder
Loose swing; Doesn’t try too hard in order to drive the baseball; Bat speed is average; Average bat control; Drives the ball to all fields; Plays more to contact than power; Tough to strike out; Keeps his weight back enough to make contact on offspeed offerings; Will struggle to barrel up velocity given his lack of plus natural strength and bat speed; Can be too much of a ground ball hitter at times; Potential to upgrade this tool considerably in the future.
Lacks raw power; Has trouble getting lift on pitches that are even up in the strike zone; Doesn’t show enough leverage to project too much game power as he continues to add strength; Not much of a tool to develop here.
Above-average pure speed; Timed at 4.15 seconds from home to first; Loose base runner who covers ground without much effort; Burst isn’t plus; Long strider.
Above-average athlete; Length to get to balls in the gaps at both middle infield positions; Glove skills showed well, but seemed a bit unsure on a few relatively easy grounders; Confident that his fielding ability can improve as he gains playing experience.
Average arm strength may not play at shortstop; Will be above-average at second base; Lacks velo and carry from the shortstop position; Plays at first were closer than they should have been when he made plays at short; Could show more urgency on routine plays.
Gamboa is an athlete that has room to improve his hit tool considerably throughout the minors given his loose swing and flashes of bat control at just 19 years old. He struggles with velocity, but will improve in that area as he matures into his frame. I’m not as confident in his ability to hit for power because of his more linear swing. But he has enough fielding chops to stick at short. He has the potential to be a second-division starter, even though there is moderate risk because of the amount of projection in his profile right now.