Thursday, January 21, 2016

DrB's 2016 Giants Top 50 Prospects: #29 Miguel Gomez

Miguel Gomez, C/3B.  B-S, T-R.  DOB:  12/17/1992.  5'10", 185 lbs.

Short Season:  .319/.331/.442, 14 2B, 6 HR, 1.8 BB%, 8.5 K%, 284 PA.

The Giants finally brought Miguel Gomez to the States after 3 years in the DSL and assigned him to Short Season Salem-Keizer, a step higher than the usual AZL for DSL graduates.  He responded by raking the league as one of only 3 qualified batters to hit over .300 with some extra-base power to boot.  He also has interesting secondary stats.  I guess if you can hit .319 by swinging at everything, you just keep right on swinging, but look at that K rate.  He put the ball in play in almost 90% of his PA's.

Gomez can hit, that much is clear, but what I find most interesting about him his the potential for versatility as he played both catcher and 3B in S-K.  As you may know, one of my white whales is the idea of a backup catcher who can play multiple other positions, which makes carrying 3 catchers on a 25 man roster possible which, in effect, gives you an additional bat off the bench.

I see Gomez as a future very good utility player with the possibility of more and with an ETA of 2019.


  1. One of my white whales as well! I was hoping Hanchez might be able to do that soon, before we lost him. Interesting prospect!

  2. Fascinating prospect! Kid was a little old for Short Season though, wasn't he?

    That said, I completely agree Doc, teams (our team!) would do really well to have high avg/obp utility players on the squad who can fill the catcher position in addition to the rest of the field. More than anything, it essentially gives the manager & fo an EXTRA roster spot to carry another bench bat or another RP. That's particularly valuable in these times when it's critical to bring up players from the MiL and separate the wheat from the shaf (sp?), getting value at league minimum instead of surrendering huge dinero to older complimentary players in free agency..

    Hope this kid can kick it into gear and move up the latter well. Utility/bench players who can hit are an undervalued commodity! (Ref: see Uribe, Juan)

  3. FYI/General Notice: John Sickels has opened up discussion on the farm over at

    1. Yeah, it's a nice discussion so far. Though not a lot of posts.

  4. Well, I guess we won't be reading scouting reports criticizing him for being too passive at the plate...

  5. It's probably a crazy comparison, but the name that keeps coming to mind when I think about Gomez is Pablo. The developmental ages really don't line up, and I'm not sure Gomez stays behind the plate much longer... but the guy swings at (and hits) nearly everything! He's one of the more interesting follows for me this season. I wouldn't be shocked to see him start the year in San Jose, where 3B playing time could be crowded.

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