Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 40 | Run: 60 | Arm: 60 | Field: 55 | Overall: 45
Gamboa was thought to be one of the best shortstops in the 2014-15 international signing class, ranking No. 15 overall on MLB Pipeline's Top 30 International Prospects list at the time. The Phillies signed him for $900,000 that July and have watched him shine defensively and show glimpses with the bat, though far from consistently. Despite the offensive issues, the Phillies thought enough of his toolset to add him to the 40-man roster following the 2018 season.
Though he has yet to show it for any extended period of time, Gamboa has provided flashes of being able to do everything well while playing a premium position. His defense is definitely still his calling card, and he'll show off his plus arm and above-average range at times, looking smooth and flashy at one moment, then out of sync at other times. He has average raw power from both sides of the plate but hasn't come close to tapping into it with a contact-first approach. He does have the bat speed to eventually develop into an average hitter.
Gamboa is one of the most enigmatic prospects in the system. Based on raw ability, he might be considered a top 10 prospect. Based on production, he's not there, but the organization is willing to be patient to figure out the puzzle.
Philadelphia Phillies recalled SS Arquimedes Gamboa from Reading Fightin Phils.
Philadelphia Phillies optioned SS Arquimedes Gamboa to Reading Fightin Phils.
Philadelphia Phillies selected the contract of Arquimedes Gamboa from Clearwater Threshers.
SS Arquimedes Gamboa assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
Lakewood BlueClaws activated SS Arquimedes Gamboa from the 7-day disabled list.
Lakewood BlueClaws placed SS Arquimedes Gamboa on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to April 12, 2017.
SS Arquimedes Gamboa assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
SS Arquimedes Gamboa assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
SS Arquimedes Gamboa assigned to GCL Phillies.
Philadelphia Phillies signed free agent SS Arquimedes Gamboa to a minor league contract.