Logan Gilbert | RHP
The soon-to-be 21-year-old Gilbert grew up outside Orlando and he is currently the staff ace at Stetson. So far this spring he owns a 2.69 ERA with a 101/15 K/BB in ten starts and 70 innings, and since joining the rotation full-time last year, he has a 2.32 ERA with a 208/41 K/BB in 159 innings. Gilbert was an All-Star in the Cape Cod League last summer, throwing 31.1 innings with a 1.72 ERA and a 31/4 K/BB against top college competition.
Gilbert is long and lanky at 6-foot-5 and 195 lbs., and there’s some thought that, as he matures, he’ll add even more velocity to a fastball that sat in the mid-90s last year. As it is, he’s already hit 97-98 mph, though this spring he’s sat more in the 92-94 mph range. A quality changeup and a relatively new slider give Gilbert a chance for two swing-and-miss secondary pitches, plus he throws a curveball as well. Gilbert has a deliberate delivery but has had no trouble throwing strikes. He’s also a sneaky good athlete who does a nice job holding runners and fielding his position, which is uncommon for a top amateur pitcher. Gilbert has also been praised for his competitiveness.
Both MLB.com and Baseball America rank Gilbert as the 16th best prospect in the draft class while Keith Law (subs. req’d) ranks him 28th. The Yankees hold the 23rd overall pick. Gilbert’s stock is trending down at the moment because his fastball has not yet crept back up into the 94-96 mph range, though the secondary stuff is there and Stetson has a track record of producing impact big league pitchers, most notably Jacob deGrom and Corey Kluber. The Yankees have had success getting pitching prospects to add velocity in recent years and they could bank on their development staff getting Gilbert back to where he was last year, when he looked like a potential top ten pick.