Position: First Baseman
Ht: 6'5" Wt: 235
Acquired: 2nd Round Selection (#49 overall) by the White Sox in the 2017 Amateur Draft
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #16 - 2017 Midseason
- #12 - 2018 Preseason
- #18 - 2018 Midseason
- #18 - 2019 Preseason
- #16 - 2019 Midseason
- Draft Day Story
- Feature piece on Sheets, with video & interview, April 2018
- All FutureSox articles tagged Gavin Sheets
- Best Defensive 1B in the Carolina League, post-season 2018 (Baseball America)
Sheets was given a $2 million bonus to sign as a 2nd rounder in the 2017 Amateur Draft. He quickly reported for a brief stint in the Arizona League (Rk) for the White Sox before moving onto Class A Kannapolis. In 104 plate appearances across two levels, Sheets hit .279/.365/.397, with the numbers fading a bit near the end of his pro debut. In 2018, Sheets' run has been at once a big success but also missing something key - home run power. With the Winston-Salem Dash (A+) he hit .293, walked 11% of the time (for a .368 OBP), and made contact at a much higher rate than your typical slugger (16.3% K/PA) but managed only 6 HR in the regular season. The linked feature article above dives deeper into the dichotomy.
MLB Pipeline had Sheets rated as the No. 60 prospect in the 2017 draft class. Collegiate concerns about his plate discipline and pitch recognition seem to have faded, which is good news. He's a below average runner but he moves well for his size and has strong acumen on the base paths. Defensively he's above average at first, which provides a little extra value. Sheets possesses huge raw power that can be seen in BP, but hasn't really tapped into it yet in his small sample in pro ball, and that will be a focus given his 1B profile. Again, see the feature article above on this topic, which seems to be the main factor for his future prospects. His approach hasn't necessarily been conducive to game power but he knows that needs to be adjusted. It's too early to panic on the lack of game power, but it will eventually need to show up for him to build a major league career.
Major League Outlook: Starting First Baseman or Designated Hitter
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