Drafted: Round 2 Pick 77
SCOUTING REPORT (3/1): Gibson performed at a high level all of last summer but it wasn’t until the World Wood Bat Association fall championship in Jupiter, Fla., in late October that scouts truly appreciated his tools. He has always been considered a slick-fielding shortstop with range and plus instincts but his bat speed, running speed and offensive potential are now recognized due to the four doubles and two triples he hit for the Orioles Scout Team in a near-MVP performance. He is mainly a singles and doubles hitter, but will hit his share of triples as he has power to the alleys and can run. Gibson has never been timed in the 60 at a Perfect Game event but he was clocked at 6.61 seconds last summer at the East Coast Pro Showcase and has game-changing speed. He can absolutely fly going from first to third, has great base-running instincts and stolen-base potential. He is a fun player to watch. Gibson is related to former major league star Delino DeShields and you can see the athletic resemblance. He hit .491-1-19 with 15 stolen bases as a high school junior and was 7-1, 1.38 on the mound with 108 strikeouts in 56 innings as an upper-80s righthander. His present arm strength is just adequate by shortstop standards and may be better suited for second base, but it figures to improve through natural progression.—DAVID RAWNSLEY
UPDATE (5/1): All the gains that Gibson appeared to make towards becoming an elite prospect last summer and fall may have been squandered this spring as he did not perform to the level scouts expected—or even close. He had positioned himself as a possible second-rounder but only his speed, always his best tool, played to an acceptable level this spring. His bat was light as he did not drive balls consistently to the gaps, like he specialized in doing a year ago. He often got tied up by high-velocity fastballs and adopted more of a passive inside-out approach to hitting. His actions in the field were rough and inconstant, and his arm showed little life and below-average velocity. More than anything, he did not play the game with a bounce in his step. But his athleticism, raw tools and excellent speed all hold too much promise for scouts to walk away from.—ALLAN SIMPSON
Derrik was committed to play for UNC. He's off to a good start in the GCL.