Jake Gatewood 8 SS
Full Name: Jake Jacob Gatewood
Born: September 25, 1995
Birthplace: Clovis, CA
Height: 6′ 5″
Draft: Round CBA (2014, MIL)
School: Clovis, CA
Jacob Gatewood has a summer for the ages last year, as highly talented prep shortstop showcased his robust power to a national audience on multiple occasions.
You may remember him from last year’s All-Star weekend, when Gatewood blasted 13 home runs to win the junior portion of the All-Star Game Home Run Derby, including multiple tape-measure shots into the second deck at Citi Field. Gatewood captured a second derby title a month later, this time as part of the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 80-point scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.
The right-handed batter has eliminated some of the excess movement from his swing over the last year, but itâ€™s still overly complicated and depends almost entirely on perfect timing; mechanics are geared toward pulling the ball for power rather than making consistent hard contact; attempt to use the opposite field more often this spring has hurt his power numbers.
Gatewood possesses arguably the best raw power in this yearâ€™s class; swing is designed for power and power it produces; capable of hitting tape-measure bombs, though mostly to his pull side; shows a tendency for trying to lift the ball rather than utilizing his bat speed and strong lower half.
Speed is slightly above-average at the present; likely to lose a step or two as he grows into his lanky 6’5″ frame.
Above-average arm strength is suitable for either shortstop or third long term; doesn’t consistently put himself in position to deliver accurate throws.
Gatewood’s defense at shortstop grades as a tick below average, as he struggles to control his body and shows only average fluidity in his action; lacks first-step quickness and instincts ideal for the position; large frame limits his range and ability to attack the ball; tends to wait back on too many balls and has to rely on pure arm strength.