Sep 16th, 2009
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #22 – 2009 Preseason
- #21 – 2009 Midseason
- 2008 Appalachian League Post-Season All-Star
Gilmore was taken 33rd overall in 2007 by the Braves and has big time tools, but hasn’t come close to that potential yet. He spent two years in rookie ball with the Braves after struggling in Low-A to start 2008. He supposedly has power to all fields, but only has 10 home runs in over 1000 professional at-bats. His strikeout rate isn’t a major concern, but like many raw hitters, he doesn’t draw enough walks. As raw as he is at the plate, he might be rougher defensively, racking up a whopping 40 errors with Kannapolis in 2009. He has the arm strength for third, but has a few fundamental things to fix in his footwork and throwing motion. He was disappointing with the Intimidators until starting a hot streak in August. Finishing the season on a strong note keeps him at least on the radar as a prospect and means he will likely start 2010 in Winston-Salem instead of starting in the South Atlantic League for the third straight year.
Major League Outlook: Average starting 3B offensively with 25 HR potential