Thursday, February 12, 2015

DrB's 2015 Giants Top 50 Prospects: #50 Matt Gage

Matt Gage, LHP.  DOB:  2/11/1993.  6'4", 240 lbs.

2014 College(Siena):  4-7, 4.50, 110 IP, 39 BB, 90 K.
2014 Rookie AZL:     2-0, 1.89, 33.1 IP, 2.16 BB/9, 8.64 K/9, GO/AO= 2.39.

Gage was the Giants 10'th round selection in the 2014 draft out of the northeast.  He's a jumbo body with a 4 pitch mix:  2 seam, 4 seam, slider, change.  I don't have a scouting report on him in terms of velocity.  On video he has a low 3/4 delivery that looks very natural and easy.  The numbers in Arizona are great, but a college draftee should dominate there.  Since he did not move up to Salem-Keizer during the summer, I would expect to see him starting 2015 in Augusta which is about what you would expect for a 10'th rounder out of a smaller college program.

7 comments:

  1. I really like Matt Gage. The thing that stands out from his college career is only giving up 4 HR in nearly 250 innings pitched! I like how his arm action looks smooth and loose. Fairly simple mechanics that I think he can continue to carry. I think that more advanced coaching at the pro level will benefit him- maybe even a lot more noticeably than many others. And he just might be able to add a couple ticks to his velo as he develops. I'd project very good things for Matt Gage. And yesterday was his 22nd birthday. Happy B-Day Matthew!

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  2. Great coverage of the top 50 prospects.

    And a few more about our Dominican Dandies and Honorable Mentions should carry us into this year's spring training.

    Thanks for your dedication and work.

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, BLSL.

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  3. Yes, thank you for your hard work. I've really enjoyed the series. And I respect the fact that it takes a lot of time to go through all the possible candidates, sort them then write them up.

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    1. Thank you. It is a labor of love and a lot of fun to make up the lists and research the profiles of each prospect. I learned something new about almost every one while researching the posts.

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  4. Here here. A great list from 1-50. Actually, there were some more prospects towards the end that were even more interesting than some in the middle, which certainly gives the sense that the Giants system - as you and others have been touting over the last few years - is exceedingly deep, if not strong on the top.

    I don't know how I would keep track of all these kids personally...I'll just stick with trying to remember how to explain the growth of dendrites into an supercooled liquid.

    Anyways..such a great season of Giants baseball on the way this year, I think. Love the makeup of the team, and the way the Giants continue to blaze their own path through the jungle. Aoki = great pickup, and they've left themselves an excellent path to the future - both financially and in terms of the prospect chain and youth already transitioning in and making their mark.

    I just don't see any teams doing it better right now...though the Nationals certainly have got a nice thing going; Exciting too! I think the next wave of youth pitching, FA acquisitions next year, and prospect development will see some heavy turn over, but no loss of talent on the field. Can't wait to watch it unfold.

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    1. Thanks, Rainball. I agree that a lot of the prospects toward the end of the list may actually have higher ceilings than some much higher in the list. It's just that there is not quite enough information or track record to justify ranking them higher. The last 15-20 on the list is always my favorite part. I think you will find that there are even interesting prospects in the HM group and definitely in the Domican Dandies group.

      I also firmly believe that there is a non-zero chance of Matt Gage and Christian Jones, the last two guys on the list having significant MLB careers which I also think makes this a deep system.

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