Micah I. Gibbs
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 207 lb.
Catcher Micah Gibbs began his pro career in 2010.
Gibbs's father Ben was a catcher at Kansas State University. His son followed him as a catcher. As a sophomore in high school, he was All-State for Texas. He repeated that feat as a junior when he hit .500. He transferred from Leander High School to Pflugerville High School as a senior and was deemed ineligible by Texas rules.
Going to historical powerhouse LSU, Micah hit .322/.417/.448 as a freshman, becoming the starter fairly on. He was 2 for 7 with a double and two RBI in the 2008 College World Series. Baseball America named him the freshman All-American catcher. In the 2008 World University Championship, Gibbs hit .375/.464/.708 for Team USA and threw out two of five attempted base-thieves. He tied for 8th in the event in average, was 6th in slugging, tied for 6th in hits (9), tied for second in home runs (two) and his 10 runs were one shy of leader Keijiro Matsumoto. His five runs in a win over Lithuania tied the US record. He was at his best in the Gold Medal game, going 3 for 4 with a double and a walk from the #8 slot. With a scoreless tie in the 12th, he drew a walk from Masahiro Inui and came around on a hit by Hunter Morris to score the winning run and give the US the title. In the 2008 Haarlem Baseball Week, he hit just .217 but tied for third with six walks.
As a sophomore, Gibbs batted .294/.403/.454 with 58 runs in 71 games. He fielded .989 and threw out 31.4% of attempted base-stealers. Gibbs then batted .357 with six runs in the 2009 College World Series as his team took the title; Cameron Rupp beat him out for the All-Tournament honors at catcher. He won the American Baseball Coaches Association Gold Glove award at catcher.
Gibbs improved his offense considerably as a junior, hitting .388/.458/.592 with 60 RBI in his first 62 games. He was struggling significantly on defense, though, allowing 63 steals in 73 tries. The Chicago Cubs then chose Micah in the third round of the 2010 amateur draft, with the 97th overall pick, and he made his pro debut that summer. He was hitting only .138/.221/.156 after 32 games as a pro, while allowing 78% of attempted baserunners to steal successfully.
- LSU bio
- 2010 World University Championship Final Report