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Draft Focus: Joe Gatto

Draft : : Prospect Scouting Reports
David Rawnsley        
Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Every weekday leading up to the 2014 MLB Draft, Perfect Game will be providing a scouting profile on a notable draft-eligible prospect.  Stay tuned to Perfect Game and be sure to visit the Draft Page for all of the latest info and reports pertaining to the draft.

Joe Gatto Perfect Game profile

Position:  RHP
Height:  6-5
Weight:  215
Bats/Throws:  R-R
Birthdate:  June 14, 1995
High School:  St. Augustine Preparatory
City, State:  Hammonton, N.J.
Travel Team:  Indiana Prospects
Commitment:  North Carolina
Projected Draft Round:  2-3

A well written scouting report will often contain references to a pitcher’s ability to repeat or not repeat his pitching mechanics. A similarly written report on a hitter will make note of whether swing mechanics have too many variables for any level of consistency with different types of pitches.

New Jersey high school right hander Joe Gatto is close, very close, to reaching the point in his development where he can repeat his mechanics. But he’s not quite there yet and the inconsistencies he’s shown over the last year will likely keep him out of the first round this June. But there is no question that the long-legged, 6-foot-5, 215-pound righthander has the raw stuff and the pitches to warrant consideration at that high level.

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