Brent Gibbs- of Alton High School just across the border in Illinois is one of the top backstops in the metropolitan area. Gibbs has become a leader for the Cardinals batting fourth and keeping runners to a minimum on the base path. Gibbs will be headed to the University of Indiana next fall unless this June’s draft claims him first.
Gibbs brings about a solid powerful swing to the plate. He has a very wide base that limits movement in his lower half to only what is needed. He hardly picks up his foot, but still generates a great deal of power through his lower half. Gibbs starts his at bats with his elbow high, but then as he loads it falls much lower into launching position.
Outside of mechanics Gibbs brings a sense of confidence that can be hard to match at the high school level and even into the college level. Reading his body language and approach at the plate he doesn’t worry about the count or the situation, he knows his ability and finishes with consistency.
Behind the plate is where Gibbs really makes his name spoken in draft rooms and amongst those in the stands. Gibbs brings an average pop time of 1.95 behind the plate with a velocity across the diamond of 84 mph. His receiving skills are far above most in his class as he’s rated the 9th best prospect in the state of Illinois by Prep Baseball Report.
Brent Gibbs is having a solid senior season so far this year batting .430 with 19 doubles and 30 rbis through 29 games. Gibbs has also walked 20 times this season to go opposite of his 6 strikeouts.
Gibbs on the base path is still being improved upon to decrease his 60 time that currently stands at 7.38. Not a bad time for a catcher at all who I clocked last week at a time of 4.2 from Home to first.
I think Gibbs could go either way in his career with baseball. I don’t expect him to be higher than the 18th round in the draft so college may be the route for Gibbs, but the draft can often times be a crap shoot too when it comes to predicting where players will go.
Gibbs reminds me of a Brian McCann behind the plate and with his power. I rate his OFP at 58 currently that could easily go up with some college seasoning. Only time will tell now where this current Alton Cardinal goes for his next step in baseball.