Kyle Gibson

School: Missouri

Class: Junior

Height: 6′6″

Weight: 195 lbs.

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

Pos: RHP

Hometown: Greenfield, IN

High School: Greenfield Central HS

Previously Drafted: 36th round, 2006 (Philadelphia Phillies)

Year Team IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 H/9 RA
2007 Missouri 67.2 10.3 2.5 4.1 N/A 8.3 4.55
2008 Missouri 86.2 10.0 2.4 4.2 N/A 9.0 4.49

Honors:

  • 2008 Big XII Player of the Week (May 12)
  • 2007 Baseball America Cape Cod League Top Prospect

Strengths:
Steven Strasburg might have a more complete package, but no pitcher is more projectable than Gibson.  He’s got a body that scouts can dream on, 6-foot-6 inches tall and lanky at 195 pounds.  His fastball hasn’t improved since high school and currently sits at 92 mph with late life but scouts still believe he can throw in the mid 90s once he fills out.  If so, his fastball will be as effective as his slider, which is currently his outpitch.  He also throws a changeup.  Gibson has good command.

Weaknesses:
The X factor is whether Gibson will eventually throw harder once he gets drafted.  If he doesn’t, he’s only a #3 starter at best.

The Future:
Gibson will appeal to teams who love to dream.  He could become the best pitcher in this draft if he throws as hard as scouts expect.  A team that believes in him could draft him in the top 10.

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