I'm sure most of you are familiar with the website FanGraphs and their writers. Mike Newman (@ScoutingtheSAL) recently wrote an article on Low-A Charleston's second baseman, titled "Angelo Gumbs' Elite Bat Speed," which really stuck out to me. Professional (or even semi-professional) sports writers don't often just throw the word "elite" around, so when they do, I really take notice. If you're like me, bat speed is one of, if not THE most important thing I look for in lower level, younger, raw prospects just like Gumbs. Charleston features one of the best squads in all of Low-A ball, so to say that Gumbs' bat speed is not only better than prospects like Mason Williams, Tyler Austin, Gary Sanchez, etc. but "HOLDING HIS OWN WITH BRYCE HARPER AND MIKE STANTON" seems like a really, really high praise coming from a pretty respected prospect head. The link to the article is after the jump, including some video of Gumbs in case you haven't seen him yet. Newman slapped a Rickie Weeks comp on Gumbs and I don't think that was a ceiling comp but more like a most-likely-outcome one, which if true, makes Gumbs verrrrrry interesting. What do you guys think? Can he be a Weeks-type player (ignoring Weeks' struggles this year, obviously) in 4-5 years or so?
Gumbs' line so far as a 19 year-old: .270 AVG (.320 BABIP), 6.5% BB%, 21.1% K%, .170 ISO, .318 OBP, .440 SLG