GATEWOOD, JAKE

Position: First Base, Third Base

DOB: September 25, 1995

Height: 6’5″ / Weight: 190

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (CBA round, 2014)

Profile: The Brewers used the 41st pick of the first round in 2014 to select Gatewood out of Clovis High School in California, and signed him away from an offer to USC for $1.8 million. He saw action in 50 AZL games for Maryvale after signing, then moved up to full season Wisconsin to begin 2015. Gatewood split 2015 between Wisconsin and Helena then returned to Wisconsin in 2016. With a big swing that generates easy power, the main question about Gatewood revolves around his hit tool and the ability to make enough contact as he advances up the ladder. There are also questions as to where Gatewood fits defensively after playing three different positions in his first three years in the pros, but he did show some improvement at third as 2016 went on and looked comfortable playing first base as well.

2014: After signing, Gatewood was sent to the Arizona League where he saw action in 50 games for the Brewers affiliate in Maryvale. After a solid start in June, he slumped badly in July, batting just .128 before righting the ship in August. He finished the year with a .206 average and three home runs as the AZL Brewers regular shortstop.

2015: The Brewers aggressively promoted Gatewood to Low-A Wisconsin to open the 2015 season, seeing game action to be more beneficial for the youngster than staying behind in extended spring training. He understandably struggled, batting .179 in April and eventually was sent down to Helena when their season began. Gatewood experienced much better results there, hitting .274 with six home runs in 54 games, earning a call back to the Midwest League to finish out the season.

2016: Converted to third base in the offseason, Gatewood returned to Wisconsin in 2016 and found his power stroke, belting 14 home runs to go along with 33 doubles and earning a spot on the Midwest League All-Star team. He posted a .240 average and scored 70 runs in 126 games. He made strides defensively at the hot corner and also saw time at first base after Lucas Erceg joined the Timber Rattlers late in the season.

MPP Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2017 (#24)
2016 (#16)
2015 (#14)