Gatewood a feast-or-famine prospect
March, 10, 2014
By Christopher Crawford | ESPN Insider
Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty ImagesJacob Gatewood showed off his power in a special competition at the 2013 Home Run Derby.This weekend we saw some of the prep stars of the class get off to good starts, the best arms of the SEC continue to dominate, and two unconventional leadoff hitters continue to put up impressive offensive numbers.
High school stars start hot
There are more questions than answers about Clovis (Calif.) HS shortstop Jacob Gatewood at this point, but his power is not one of them as he showed on Friday.
Gatewood crushed a 486 foot homer in a 6-1 victory over Rocklin HS, though it was his only hit of the day. The right-handed hitting shortstop has easy plus-plus power, though that power might not play if the hit-tool isn't there -- some scouts believe it won't be even fringe-average -- and because of his size and lack of elite foot-speed, he's not a lock to stick at shortstop
"Anytime you get a guy who has that much raw-power and has a chance to play shortstop, you're going to be intrigued," an NL Central area-scout said. "He has as much raw pop from the right side as any prep shortstop I can remember.