MLB Draft Preview: Logan Gilbert

Stetson RHP Logan Gilbert has that long, lanky frame (6’6″/210) that teams covet in a Pitcher.

With a bowling ball sinking fastball that sits at 95, a curve that’s projectable, and a change that shows promise, Gilbert was talked about as one of the top college righties before the season started.  Toss in five double-digit strikeout games already this season, and you’re riding a rocket to the Top 10, or maybe just outside of it – like to #12, where the Blue Jays will select.

With a loose, easy delivery, Gilbert fills the strike zone.  His size allows him good extension, and some late life on that fastball.  A 3rd Baseman for much of his high school playing career, he’s still relatively new to Pitching.  Gilbert was the Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year last year, and was ranked the 5th best prospect in the Cape Cod League last summer.  He was also a pre-season All-American.’s evalutation:

Tall, lanky frame with long arms and room for growth; no windup, minimal step-in to motion; long-armer through a 3/4’s slot; loose, live arm and he throws free and easy; ball explodes out of his hand; double-plus fastball (93-to-97 mph), comfortably sitting 95 mph with plus movement, explosive late life; heavy sink action with hard run and tail; true swing-and-miss pitch; projectable, plus curveball (74-to-76 mph) with two-plane action and solid depth; must stay on top of curveball more consistently; seldom used changeup (84-to-85 mph) with solid fade; plus performance seen on July 18, where he worked five innings giving up two hits, one walk and eight strikeouts. Will be one of the premier right-handed college pitchers for the 2018 Draft.

After fanning 10 over 8 innings in his most recent start last night, and taking a no-hitter into the 7th the start before that, Gilbert is climbing many draft boards.  Jeff Ellis of loves Gilbert, and sees him continuing to rise:

Gilbert is one of the half a dozen or so arms that are in the top ten discussion. He needs to continue to rack up performances like this if he wants to stay in the upper tier of arms. I see a potential front of the rotation arm. I still have him as my number two college right-hander in this class and think he is likely going to be a steal when the draft occurs.

Gilbert checks many boxes with the Blue Jays with his size, college background, velocity, and remaining projection.  If he continues this ascent, he may not be around when it comes their time to select, but he would be a very nice fit.


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