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Isiah Gilliam

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Isiah Gilliam
Name: Isiah Broner Gilliam
Born: Jul 23, 1996 in Lilburn, GA
Junior College: Chipola (Fla.) JC
High School: Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga.
Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 220 lbs
Bats: B / Throws: R
Drafted in the 20th round (603rd overall) by the New York Yankees in 2015 (signed for $550,000)
The Parkview High pipeline of talent looked primed to produce another prospect for the 2015 draft, as Gilliam caught scouts' eyes, but that changed in March when he was ruled eligible for the 2014 draft shortly before the National High School Invitational. That gave high-level decision-makers a key look at Gilliam, whom they had little history with. He's one of the youngest players in the draft and is not yet 18. A switch-hitting, 6-foot-2, 215-pounder with broad shoulders and a strong build that has drawn physical comparisons to Bobby Bonilla, Gilliam's meal ticket is his bat. He has above-average bat speed with an easy stroke and plus raw power to all fields. He puts on an impressive display in batting practice and has made solid contact in games. His approach has a ways to come, as do his swing mechanics because he does not use his legs effectively from an upright, open stance. He occasionally reverts back to his natural right side in same-side matchups. A below-average runner, he played third base until this season before moving to first, where he likely fits best in the long term. He moves well for the position and runs enough to try the corner outfield and has average arm strength. Gilliam is committed to Chipola (Fla.) JC and is something of a wild card, but his pure talent warrants consideration in the top three rounds.
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