“That’s what it’s about him,” Boone told reporters on Wednesday. “The stuff is real. Fastball has a chance to be special, but its ability to routinely land its secondary playing fields throughout the game enabled it to be space efficient. “
Gil turned six scoreless innings in Tuesday’s 13-1 win over the Orioles, hit six and went one. With the elite stuff Gil carries with him, his command will continue to be his key to success as he seeks to carve out a niche for himself with the big league club. The 23-year-old is number 6 in the Yankees’ system according to the MLB pipeline and was called to his debut at short notice when Gerrit Cole tested positive for COVID-19 after the game on Monday night.
“Getting in and filling in our ace and going out and turning that was pretty cool,” Boone said.
Despite being elected Triple-A Scranton / Wilke-Barre after Tuesday’s game, Gil is slated to be called back to face the Mariners at Yankee Stadium on Sunday as they battle the Americans in the American League wildcard race.
Gil was dominant against Baltimore from the start, knocking out 11 of the first 12 thugs he faced while relying heavily on his high-octane fastball. However, solid control for his secondary pitches enabled him to throw the Orioles off balance all night.
Gil’s Fastball peaked at 98.5 mph, and he complemented it with a power change that averaged 92.3 mph and a slider that averaged 85.1 mph. He ended his night working out of a jam on the sixth, fanning Austin Hays while mastering his sweeping slider superbly. He became only the eighth Yankees pitcher to throw at least six scoreless innings on his Major League debut.
Prior to his major league debut, Gil’s raw, yet electric pitching repertoire had been on display in the Minors, where he struck 88 over 61 innings between Triple-A and Double-A Somerset. However, Gil has struggled to take punches with his secondary pitches at times in his minor league career, posting 5.3 batter per nine innings that year, resulting in an ERA of 4.13 in 15 starts. Indeed, this lack of commands has left scouts wondering if he would be better suited as a future-looker.
Gil was signed by the Dominican Republic Twins in 2015 and taken over by the Yankees as part of a swap for outfielder Jake Cave during Spring Training 18.