While his first season in Pulaski might be his last, Luis Gil was a key reason in why the Pulaski Yankees bullpen was so lethal this season. After being traded from the Minnesota Twins on March 16, the right-handed pitcher was assigned to Pulaski on June 19.
Before playing for Pulaski, Gil signed with the Twins in 2015 and was assigned to their Dominican Summer league team later that year.
Gil was traded for outfielder Jake Cave who is six years older than Gil. He produced a 2-1 record for Pulaski and had the second-best earned run average of the team with .137. He played and started in 10 games posting 39.1 innings pitched.
Manager of the Pulaski Yankees Nick Ortiz said, “I’m proud of what our bullpen was able to do this year. We had eight pitchers with over 40 strikeouts. Gil had a solid performance going 2-1 in his first year with us.”
Only giving up one home run on the season, Gil also was close to the bottom of the bullpen in hits allowing 21. Another impressive statistic was how many runs he gave up, 10 on the year.
Six of those runs Gil earned himself; six runs in 39 1/3 innings pitched is an excellent ratio for a pitcher. He also managed to lead the team in strikeouts with 58 and has a WHIP of 1.17.
According to 2080baseball.com:
“He generates effortless mid-to-high-90’s velocity, sitting in the 94-to-97 mph range and touching 99 mph on occasion. The fastball has sink that makes it tough to square up, and his free-and-easy delivery gives it late hop and ride through the zone. His power curveball comes in at 81-to-83 mph, showing plus sharpness and two-plane depth at best.”
Gil is a 6’3” pitcher from Azua, Dominican Republic, and weights 176 lbs. Still only being 20 years old, he has the athleticism, body, and potential that the Yankees are proud of.
During his time with the Twins, he had a composite 3.32 ERA in the Dominican Summer League. He also posted 73 strikeouts to 46 walks in 65 innings throughout the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
On August 22, Gil was assigned to the Staten Island Yankees after the Pulaski season was coming to an end. In two games with Staten Island he threw just 6 2/3 innings, striking out 10 batters and allowing four earned runs on 11 hits and six walks.
One drawback about Gil is his third pitch. He has a great fastball and has a curve has a primary bender, but his lack of a true changeup could become a problem. That is one of the things he will have to work on while he tries to move up in the minor league.
Gil’s youth could be what leads him to a roster spot with the New York Yankees. He’s already got the talent and most of the mechanics down, now if he can use these next couple of offseasons to work on his craft, he could turn into a great player.