2024 MLB Draft Deep Dive: Theodore Gillen, SS, Westlake HS, Austin TX.

The 2024 MLB draft is set for Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Arlington Texas as part of the 2024 MLB All-Star Weekend festivities. The Phillies will pick at number 27 in the 1st round. Currently, the Phillies have 17 picks in the 2024 draft.

The baseball people here at EOP will keep you updated on the top prospects in this year’s draft. This week we look at our projected twenty-sixth player selection (pick owned by the New York Yankees) in the 2024 MLB Draft. Theodore Gillen, SS, Westlake HS, Austin TX.

Gillen developed an early reputation as one of the most talented hitters in the 2024 class as an underclassman. But he has missed time during the last few seasons with a handful of injuries. Including right shoulder surgery in 2022.

He made up for some of that lost time this spring with Westlake High, where the 6-foot-3, 198-pound shortstop and lefthanded hitter consistently showcased a great swing with power. Plus speed and advanced physicality for a high schooler.

Gillen has a balanced and relaxed setup in the box with a quick and level swing. He fires through the zone with impressive bat speed. He makes tons of contact and is learning to tap into his raw power more consistently in games.

But he has the potential for above-average pure-hitting ability and above-average game power. Gillen is a plus runner who should be able to stick at a premium defensive position.


However, he is a risk of sliding off shortstop to either second base or center field because of questionable arm strength in the wake of his injuries. His speed would fit nicely at either position, and he has the agility, body control, and actions to give himself a chance to stick on the dirt.

Gillen is committed to Texas, but he has been scouted heavily enough this spring to expect a selection at some point in the middle or back third of the first round.

Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

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