A Look at Michael Gigliotti, Prospect

 

Michael Gigliotti Lexington 2017

Michael Gigliotti played in Covington in 2015- for 21 games. He hit 280/349/320 in 75 at-bats, along with 9 stolen bases.

He really took off in 2016 in the Cape Cod League, though, and headed into his junior year at Lipscomb on everyone’s radar. Well, I’ll let mlb.com take it from here:

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 30 | Run: 60 | Arm: 40 | Field: 60 | Overall: 45

Gigliotti starred in the Cape Cod League in 2016, with scouts voting him the summer circuit’s top prospect and Jeff Trundy, his manager at Falmouth, saying he was more advanced than Jacoby Ellsbury was with the Commodores. His hitting ability and athleticism had him poised to become the second first-rounder in Lipscomb history (Bo McLaughlin, Astros, 1975) until he slumped through most of the first half of his junior year. He rebounded at season’s end and reached base safely in each of his final 32 games before signing for $397,500 as a fourth-round selection.

A left-handed hitter, Gigliotti sprays line drives all over the field and excels at bunting for hits. He was oddly passive for much of the spring, setting a career high in walks but also falling behind in counts too often and struggling once he did. He has ordinary bat speed and doesn’t drive the ball much, so there are concerns about how much impact he’ll have offensively.

If he can recapture his Cape form, Gigliotti has the on-base ability and speed to be a dynamic tablesetter atop a lineup. He’s a 60-65 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale and knows how to use quickness on the bases and in center field. He covers a lot of ground in center and his below-average arm is playable there.

Michael is listed at #21 in the Royal’s system after his initial pro season split between Burlington of the Appalachian League, and Lexington of the South Atlantic League. He hit a combined 320/420/456 in 64 games and 291 plate appearances, along with 22 stolen bases and a 40/41 BB/K ratio.

Let’s hope for a breakout from Michael in 2018!

Michael Gigliotti Lexington 2017 at bat

 

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