Jacob Gatewood: Prospect Profile for Milwaukee Brewers' No. 41 Overall Pick

Mike Rosenbaum@GoldenSombreroMLB Prospects Lead WriterJune 6, 2014

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 15:  High School Home Run Derby Champion, Jacob Gatewood hits during the Chevrolet Home Run Derby on July 15, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Player: Jacob Gatewood

Position: SS

DOB: 09/25/1995 (Age: 18)

Height/Weight: 6’5”, 190 pounds

Bats/Throws: R/R

School: Clovis High School (Calif.)

College Commitment: Southern California



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.

However, for player with as much natural power as Gatewood, his performance this spring for Clovis High School was a huge disappointment, as he batted .389 with nine doubles, five home runs and 28 RBI.


Full Scouting Report

Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 80-point scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.

Hit: 40/50

The 6’5” right-handed batter has eliminated some of the excess movement from his swing over the last year, but it’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.

Power: 55/70

Gatewood possesses arguably the best raw power in this year’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: 55/50

Speed is slightly above-average at the present; likely to lose a step or two as he grows into his lanky 6'5" frame.


Arm: 55/55

Above-average arm strength is suitable for either shortstop or third long term; doesn't consistently put himself in position to deliver accurate throws.


Defense: 45/50

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.


MLB Player Comparison: Troy Tulowitzki

Gatewood receives comparisons to Troy Tulowitzki for his tall, athletic frame and plus-plus raw power, but he also lacks Tulo's defensive chops and therefore is unlikely to spend his entire career at shortstop. 


Projection: All-Star ceiling; floor of above-average everyday shortstop/third baseman


Major Leagues ETA: Late 2017


Chances of Signing: 85 percent

There's a good chance that a team will take an early-round flier on Gatewood, even if only for his combination of athleticism and power, and offer him a large enough signing bonus to forego his commitment to Florida St.


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