Mandatory Credit: metstoday.com
Current Level: Triple-A
Opening Day Age: 23
Height/Weight: 5’7″ 155 lbs.
Gamboa played last year in Mexico. His last year on a minor league roster that was affiliated with a major league team was in 2013. Gamboa was in low A-ball with the Mets’ organization where in 2013 he had only a .266 OBP. (This should give you an idea about how thin the minor league teams are at shortstop). However, in the Mexican leagues, he hit .306/.386/.472/.859, last season. When he plays in the Mexican leagues, he performs very well. Otherwise, not so much.
Defensively, he has quite a bit of range, logging a 4.82 range factor per game (league average 4.29). So he takes away a single one out of every two games that the average NL shortstop would not.
It’s unlikely he will get a shot in the majors though as his hitting is just too inconsistent.