- Full name William Jai Gasparino
- Born 12/10/2004 in Los Angeles, CA
- Profile Ht.: 6'6" / Wt.: 205 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Harvard-Westlake
School: Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, Calif. Source: HS
Age At Draft: 18.6
Tools:Hit: 40. Power: 60. Run: 55. Field: 55. Arm: 60.
Gasparino grew up around the game as the son of Dodgers scouting director Billy Gasparino. He worked as a batboy at Dodgers spring training and spent hours of his youth in major league clubhouses. Gasparino blossomed into a top player himself at Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) High and starred on the summer showcase circuit, but he missed the start of his senior year with a hand injury and had an uneven performance throughout the season. Listed at 6-foot-6, 215 pounds, Gasparino is a tall, lanky outfielder with some of the best tools in the draft class. He has plus raw power to all fields, is an above-average runner, has above-average arm strength and has the athleticism and instincts to stick in center field despite his size. He floats effortlessly in center field and crushes balls with his natural strength and leverage at the plate, inviting dreams of a power-hitting center fielder. Gasparino’s size and tools are tantalizing, but how much he’ll hit is in question. He has plenty of bat speed, but his pitch recognition is inconsistent and he struggles to keep his long limbs in sync. His swing gets long and uncoordinated and he has difficulty maintaining his timing in the batter’s box. Some believe Gasparino’s coordination will improve with physical maturity and project him to be an average hitter, but others are more hesitant. He is committed to Texas.