After experiencing tightness in his forearm during his start last weekend, Missouri righthander Kyle Gibson will be out for six weeks with a stress fracture in his forearm. Gibson was one of the top RHP prospects in the class, and all but a lock for a top 15 pick, probably top ten. There is no ligament damage, and Gibson should be able to throw for whatever team drafts him before the August 15th signing deadline.
The injury will certainly hurt Gibson’s draft status, but it’s hard to predict how far he’ll drop. Tanner Scheppers dropped to just the 49th overall pick last year with a stress fracture to his shoulder, so maybe that serves as a guide. I’m an unabashed Kyle Gibson fan – love the big projectable frame, love the delivery, love the stuff (scouting report, video) – so I’d be ecstatic to see him end up with the Yanks. But in the first round? Eh, I’d rather have a guy who’s healthy and gamble later.