Gamboa was one of the more touted amateur prospects available in the 2014 international class. A switch-hitter with flashy center-diamond defensive tools and no-doubt ability to stay at shortstop, the raw ability that prompted Philadelphia to give him a $900K bonus is still visible. He hasn’t progressed as hoped offensively, however, and has struggled mightily when facing advanced competition.
Scouts have noted a low motor and are concerned about the number of apathetic at-bats Gamboa has turned in from the end of last year, through Fall League, and into the start of 2019. Even so, he’s still only 21 and could simply be on a longer development trajectory as a young switch-hitter, so there’s some reason to hold out hope for at least some progress at the plate. Gamboa likely won’t develop the power or overall offensive impact to profile as a regular, but his defensive ability at a premium position gives the ceiling of a bench player.