Chris Gittens

Chris Gittens

Age
25
Birthday
February 4, 1994
Height
6'4"
Weight
250
Bat
R
Throw
R
Class
2014 Draft
Acquired
Draft
Signing Date
6/24/2014
Rule 5 Year
2017
Free Agent Yr
2021
MLB 40 Man
No
Nationality
usa United States
Position
First Baseman
ETA
2021

Chris Gittens was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 12th round in 2014. The Texas-native played at Grayson County; his position is first-base and DH. He ended his 2017 on the DL with the High-A Tampa Yankees.

2014

 Gittens introduced himself to the Yankees’ organization starting with the GCL. He played 11 games and finished his rookie year with 35 at-bats. In those 35 at-bats, he totaled seven walks, 10 hits (four of them doubles), and struck out 10 times. It was good for a .286 average, .400 OBP, and .800 OPS.

2015

 In 2015 Gittens spent a majority of the year mashing in the GCL, this time with a larger sample size. Through 41 games and 124 at-bats, he posted a .363 average with nine doubles, eight home runs, 29 RBIs, and 17 walks. His .452 OBP and 1.097 OPS was a top stat-line on the team. Gittens did get some time in the FSL for the Tampa Yankees to end the season, but just 14 at-bats overall. He struggled with a .143 average in his short time there.

2016

 In 2016, Gittens showed his best assets in the SAL league for the Charleston RiverDogs. He finished the season with 21 home runs, 23 doubles, 56 walks, and 126 strikeouts. He also finished with a .359 OBP, .478 SLG %, and .837 OPS.

2017

 Gittens got off to a great start in 2017 with the High-A Tampa Yankees but would run into injury issues towards the end of the summer and the last weeks of the season. He’d end up with a .266 average, 12 doubles, 13 home runs, and 37 walks. The primary injury he encountered was a dislocated thumb, which kept him out long enough to see some rust in his return. Gittens was still a top-3 performer on the team throughout the season.