Three Phillies prospects that need to be left out of trade talks this summer
On paper, Arquimedes Gamboa is the type of prospect that scouts dream off. The switch-hitting Venezuelan shortstop combines elite speed with great awareness on defense allowing him to have excellent range and the athleticism to make plays deep in the hole like you can see above.
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On the offensive side, Gamboa has improved upon his numbers each year since he was signed in 2015. A big measure of maturation for minor leaguers is the ability to develop plate discipline. Gamboa has raised his on-base percentage from a dismal .252 in rookie ball to .350 in High-A in just three years time.
He may still be regarded as raw, but you could argue that no prospect has progressed more in their time in the Phillies’ system than Gamboa. I understand this team is loaded with middle-infield talent like Scott Kingery and J.P. Crawford, but it should take quite the player to force the Phillies to deal Gamboa this year.