Acquired from the Twins for Jake Cave in March 2018, Gil has since become one of the most promising young arms in the organization. Baseball America placed him fourth among the Yankees’ farmhands in their recent midseason update, while FanGraphs places him twelfth in the system. Both outlets rave about its fastball, which hits the ’90s and has enough lifespan to generate plenty of swing hits. There’s some debate about which of his side offerings – a mid-80s slider or a change from the 90s down – will become his most effective off-speed pitch, but the general expectation is that Gil’s fastball will play. at the big league level.
While there isn’t much doubt about the effectiveness of his raw materials, there are still questions about Gil’s consistency in punching. The right-hander has walked over 10% of hitters faced at all levels of his minor league career. That continued this season, as the 23-year-old handed out free passes to a whopping 13.5% of opponents across 15 starts split between Double-A Somerset and Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre. .
To his credit, Gil managed a decent 4.13 ERA between the two levels. This is in large part thanks to the lack of bat ability that he has displayed throughout his career. Gil knocked out a whopping 33% of opposing hitters in his first crack in the minor highs, in fact just over his overall rating of 30.1% as a professional. He’s worked exclusively as a starting pitcher in recent years, though this combination of high-octane stuff and bouts of savagery could portend a future in the reliever pen.