Paul Gibson (baseball)
|Born: January 4, 1960|
Southampton, New York
|April 8, 1988, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 27, 1996, for the New York Yankees|
|Earned run average||4.07|
Paul Marshall Gibson, Jr. (born January 4, 1960 in Southampton, New York) is a former major league baseball pitcher. The Cincinnati Reds drafted Gibson in the third round in 1978, but released him in 1981. The Detroit Tigers signed him in May 1981. In December 1982 the Minnesota Twins took Gibson in the Rule 5 draft, but granted him free agency in 1984, whereupon the Tigers reacquired him.
Gibson made his major league debut on April 8, 1988, in a game against the Kansas City Royals. In January 1992, the Tigers traded Gibson and minor leaguer Randy Marshall to the New York Mets for Mark Carreon and Tony Castillo. The Mets released Gibson in mid-1993, and he was signed by the New York Yankees. In 1994, the Yankees sent Gibson to the Milwaukee Brewers, who granted him free agency at the end of the season. The Toronto Blue Jays signed Gibson in April 1995, but released him in June. In July, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Gibson but granted him free agency in October. The Yankees signed him again in December of that year but released him for the last time in May 1996.
Paul currently owns Paul Gibson's Baseball Academy in Long Island, New York.
Gibson is regarded as a projector scout which will envisions what a player will be able to do in a two or three years term. Despite the fact that Gibson had a successful pitching career, he has been able to analyze the players’ ability regardless his position. Gibson style of scouting looks also for some particular traits in the players’ personality and character to ensure that they could handle the pressure and be team leaders.
- Experiences as a Scout
Beginning in 2006 and for three years, Gibson served as an area scout supervisor for the Atlanta Braves. During his tenure with the Braves he was in charge of all scouting aspects of amateur players in the Northeast.
In 2008, the Seattle Mariners’ Director of Amateur Scouting Mr. Tom McNamara, named Mr. Gibson as the Eastern Cross-checker Scout for the organization. Gibson was part of a bigger plan in which he was expected to work closely with the Mariners baseball operations department and scouting staff in evaluating talent for the amateur draft. Concurrently, Seattle's scouting department underwent a transformation, Carmen Fusco (Director of Pro Scouting) and Mike Cadahia (National Crosschecker) joining the organization.
In 2010, Gibson joined the Kansas City Royals scouting office as the National Scouting Supervisor.
- Prospects Signed
Under Gibson’s supervision, the Royals have signed Bubba Starling, Kyle Zimmer, Cameron Gallagher and Alfredo Escalera–Maldonado, at 17, the youngest player ever drafted by any MLB organization since the insertion of the First-Year Player Draft.
Baseball Instructor Career
In 1995, Gibson opened baseball training facility in Bellport, New York with the intention to provide proper baseball instruction to young kids in the community he grew in. A year after, Gibson inaugurated a 10,000 square feet indoor facility that housed batting cages and small lesson areas for local instructors during the winter.
- Notable Alumni
|Glenn Gibson||2006 4th round pick, Washington Nationals. LHP|
|Chris Smith||2001 11th round pick (HS). 2002 1st round pick, Baltimore Orioles|
|Mike Parisi||2004 9th round pick, St. Louis Cardinals|
|Rick Ricobono||1998 6th round pick, Boston Red Sox (HS)|
|Andy Salvo||2001 22nd round pick, Chicago White Sox|
|Estee Harris||2003 2nd round pick, NY Yankees (HS)|
|Jeff Muessig||2001 20th round pick, Oakland Athletics|
|Jon Searles||1998 8th round pick, Pittsburgh Pirates (HS)|
|Brian Johnson||2004 30th round pick, Milwaukee Brewers|
|Pete Munro||1993 6th round pick, Boston Red Sox (HS), 6 years in majors.
Started the 2004 NLCS for the Houston Astros.
|Bryan Hansen||2001 6th round pick, Philadelphia Phillies (HS)|
|Jason Appeal||2004 27th round pick, Philadelphia Phillies (HS)|
|Jon Kalkau||2003 41st round pick, Montreal Expos (HS)|
|B. J. Lamura||2002 5th round pick, Chicago White Sox|
|Jesse Torborg||2001 41st round pick Arizona.
2003 37th round pick, Philadelphia Phillies (HS)
|Mike Ambort||2003 44th round pick Montreal Expos (HS)|
|Bryan Sabatella||2005 9th Round Seattle Mariners INF|
|John Lannan||2005 11th Round Washington Nationals LHP|