Image courtesy of Will Gambino
BANG! Welcome to the Family!
When you see that message flashing across your computer monitor or smart phone, it means the Kentucky Wildcats have a new addition to their baseball family. The newest member of the Wildcats is Will Gambino, who announced his commitment to the Wildcats via his Twitter account on Monday.
— will (@willgambino24) July 24, 2017
Gambino is a 6-2, 205lb OF/RHP from Haddonfield, NJ. He began his high school career at Haddonfield High School, before transferring to Paul VI High School. The multi-skilled player spends his summer and fall playing for Pro Skills Baseball Academy.
Gambino was originally committed to The Citadel, but decided to re-open his recruitment earlier this summer. Forty-one days later, he decides Lexington will be his future home.
Perfect Game USA had the following to say about Gambino, specifically describing his athleticism, which allows him to be successful on the mound and at the plate. Gambino is a switch hitter that possesses good hitting tools from both sides, but has more natural power from the left side. On the mound, his fastball touches 90-92 mph consistently, but has maxed out at 94 mph.
Gambino had a solid junior season on the mound and at the plate. Through 64 at bats, he posted a .359 (average), along with 23 (hits), 9 (doubles), 3 (triples), 1 (HR), and 21 (RBI). On the mound, the right-hander made nine appearances, posting a 3.06 ERA over 32.0 innings pitched. Opponents hit a low .200 against him and went down on strikes 36 times. The batters that did reach base had to look out for his pick off move, which he successfully utilized 9 times last season.
This summer has also been kind to him, as he has pitched well during summer club action. Gambino has posted a record of 2-0, including one save, through 16.0 innings pitched. He owns an impressive 1.75 ERA, while striking out 17 batters.
He will join the Wildcats as a member of the 2018 class, after choosing UK over the likes of Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Check out the switch-hitters’ smooth swing from both sides of the plate and his live arm on the mound in the videos below.