Ht: 6’4″ Wt: 240 B-T: S-L
Acquired: Drafted 1st Round (20th overall) by TB, acquired via trade in July of 2017
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #14 – 2017 Midseason
- #18 – 2018 Preseason
- Acquisition Story
- In-person report with video & quotes, April 2018
- All FutureSox articles tagged Casey Gillaspie
- New York – Penn League All Star, 2014
- #12 Prospect in the New York-Penn League, 2014 (Baseball America)
- Midwest League All Star, Midseason 2015
- #14 Prospect in the Midwest League, 2015 (Baseball America)
- Southern League All Star, Midseason 2016
- #15 Prospect in the Southern League, 2016 (Baseball America)
- #74 Prospect in Baseball, Preseason 2017 (Baseball America)
Casey Gillaspie (brother of former White Sox, Conor) was the definition of a “buy low” candidate when the White Sox acquired him in exchange for reliever Dan Jennings in 2017. After an OK showing in the NYPL as a rookie, Casey spent most of 2015 in the Midwest League and showed an excellent combination of power (16 HR, .252 ISO) and contact (54 K in 320 PA), before a brief look in High-A to finish the year. In 2016 he went to AA then AAA, posting a combined .286/.387/.482 line and hitting 18 long balls. But just as he seemed on the cusp of a major league role, his 2017 turned into a disappointment – .223/.297/.373 in 125 games across Durham and Charlotte with a broken toe mixed in (though his contact rate was OK, with a K-rate under 20%). Opening 2018 with some hope that he might re-find the power and hit skills that gave him his original prospect stock, things have not gone well in his age 25 season with AAA Charlotte. His .220/.285/.325 line with just 3 home runs and a 32.4% K-rate represent steps backward.
Ranked among the top 100 prospects in MLB as recently as last winter, Casey was looked at as a plus power bat who also showed excellent plate discipline and a quick, efficient swing. But 2017 was not kind to Gillaspie, and 2018 has only been worse. It’s not just the numbers either – recent scouting reports have soured on his offensive skills (see our April report linked above), and as a first baseman that’s 90% of the picture. The plus power potential is still lurking, but worries about game use of said power and his hit tool are substantial and the fears become reality with every week of sub-par performance. At this point, a major league future of any significance would require a Matt Davidson-like comeback (and it’s worth noting that, obviously, that’s not impossible).
Major League Outlook: 1B/DH bench bat
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