Scouting Mets Prospect #46: Gilbert Gomez

Gomez is raw but the upside is immense

The New York Mets signed outfielder Gilbert Gomez out of the Dominican Republic back in October of 2008. It has taken him a couple of years but he is slowly starting to prove that he has the ability to refine his five-tool package.

Vital Statistics
Name: Gilbert Gomez
DOB: March 8, 1992
Height 6'3"
Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Status: Free Agent Signing (2008)

Batting and Power: Gomez is a raw but rising prospect in the organization because of the promise he shows with the bat. Athletically built with even strength and fast hands, Gomez has the base tools to be a complete hitter, both for contact and power. He still sits on the fastball too much -- to be expected from a 19-year-old – and can get burned by then when behind in the count by his own aggressiveness, but his overall balance and finish through the zone catches the eye. The speed at which his patience and pitch recognition develops will be the lynchpin to the overall development of his offensive game.

Base Running and Speed: Gomez runs very well with above-average speed that he should be able to use his advantage as he further channels his tools and understands game play around him. His stolen base attempts (12 in 2011) were far below what he is likely to tally over the course of a full season.

Defense: Gomez played both right field and center field last season, but where he ultimately lands will be determined in years to come. He has the range and athleticism to handle center field, while his arm strength plays in right field. The deciding factor could come down to his physical maturity in coming years. He is likely to fill out with more muscle which could take his range down a tick or two, and better suit him for the corner. He still has work to do reading the ball and working on his break, but his defense is another aspect of his game trending upward.

Projection: As mentioned, Gomez is raw but the projection is definitely one to feel good about in the Mets' system. He possesses numerous above-average tools, with possible plus aspects in his offensive game coming in the future. If it all comes together, Gomez has the chance to be a multi-faceted weapon, and another possible big prize garnered out of the international scouting circuit.

ETA: 2015. Gomez received a fairly extensive taste of St. Lucie last season as a 19-year-old. His performance there should land him in Savannah to begin the season. From there, three more full seasons on the march to New York in 2015 – when he'll be 23 years old on Opening Day – is a safe timeline.

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