Second baseman and 2010 second rounder Angelo Gumbs often gets overlooked on a prospect-laden Low-A Charleston club, but he’s quietly produced a .355 wOBA with seven homers and 22 steals in 25 chances this year. Mike Newman of FanGraphs got a chance to see Gumbs live recently and came back with a mixed scouting report, one heavy on potential but low on polish.
“Having seen both Bryce Harper and Mike Stanton as minor leaguers, Gumbs holds his own with either of them in terms of his sheer ability to get his bat head through the strike zone,” said Newman while noting that Gumbs doesn’t square the ball up as much as he should because of excessive pre-swing movement. Because he’s a converted outfielder, his defense at second is still a work in progress. You can’t teach bat speed or athleticism though, and Newman notes that Gumbs has plenty to spare. Make sure you check out the full report, it’s an interesting read.