In that first mock draft of the off-season, the Rays take a Cape Cod League stand out RHP Logan Gilbert, from Stetson University.
Stetson has a strong pipeline of talent through Cape Cod, and among the multiple Florida-bases college pitchers that shined in the league in 2017, at 16th overall League All-Star Logan Gilbert looks like a decent bet.
2080 Baseball followed Gilbert in the League and had the following report:
Logan Gilbert, RHP, Stetson Univ.
Ht/Wt: 6’6”/210 lbs. B/T: R/R Age (as of 2018 MLB Draft): 21y, 1m
Background: Gilbert enjoyed a stellar season in the Cape Cod League, earning a spot on the East All-Star Team and finishing the regular season with a 1.72 ERA and 0.89 WHIP over seven starts. The Stetson standout struck out 31 and walked just 4 in 31 1/3 innings of work. In his lone playoff start for Orleans, Gilbert earned a win against Chatham, throwing five strong innings in which he struck out 6 and allowed two runs on four hits and two walks. Gilbert’s impressive summer comes on the heels of a strong Spring at Stetson that saw the right post a 10-0 record with a 2.02 ERA over 89 innings. Gilbert racked-up 107 (10.82 SO/9) strikeouts to just 26 walks (2.69 BB/9) and held opposing hitters to a paltry .202 batting average.
Notes: Tall, lanky frame with long arms and room for growth; no windup, minimal step-in to motion; long-armer through a 3/4’s slot; loose, live arm and he throws free and easy; ball explodes out of his hand; double-plus fastball (93-to-97 mph), comfortably sitting 95 mph with plus movement, explosive late life; heavy sink action with hard run and tail; true swing-and-miss pitch; projectable, plus curveball (74-to-76 mph) with two-plane action and solid depth; must stay on top of curveball more consistently; seldom used changeup (84-to-85 mph) with solid fade; plus performance seen on July 18, where he worked five innings giving up two hits, one walk and eight strikeouts. Will be one of the premier right-handed college pitchers for the 2018 Draft.