The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted catcher Brent Gibbs in the seventh round of the 2016 draft. Gibbs is a strong defensive catcher with a commitment to USC. Baseball America rated him the 194th best prospect in the draft (he was picked 225th overall), and said he has a plus-plus arm, along with good receiving and blocking skills. D1Baseball had the following report on him from last year (subscription required):
"[Gibbs] produced the best behind-the-plate arm at the prospect showcase. His throws had zip and were often on the money. But even if they were up the line, he would have nabbed most basestealers because of how quickly he released the baseball. When Chandler tried to steal, he was thrown out by a good six to eight feet."
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