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Daniel Gibson

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Daniel Gibson
Name: Daniel James Gibson
Born: Oct 16, 1991 in Lutz, FL
College: Florida
High School: Jesuit HS, Tampa
Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 215 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: L
Drafted in the 7th round (210th overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013 (signed for $178,600)
Gibson didn't sign as a 26th-round pick of the Brewers in 2010 out of Tampa's Jesuit High, and now he'll try to follow in the footsteps of lefthanders Nick Maronde (Angels, 2011) and Paco Rodriguez (Dodgers, 2012), former teammates who zipped from the Florida bullpen to the major leagues. Evaluators agree Gibson's delivery is smoother and more efficient than Maronde's, but he lacks Rodriguez's premium slider/cutter. Gibson has been a key reliever for Florida, but scouts liked him as a starter last summer in the Northwoods League and think he could try that role as a pro. He pitched from the upper 80s to 90-91 mph as a starter in high school, but out of the pen he shows a plus fastball, sitting in the 92-95 mph range and touching higher, to go with an above-average slider. He has success working primarily off his fastball and has a physical 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame. As a lefty with a fresh arm (he has pitched just 69 innings in three seasons for the Gators) Gibson could go out as high as the second round, and it's unlikely he'll last beyond the fourth.
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