Twins To Go With Samuel Deduno, Kyle Gibson To Wait
The Minnesota Twins PR director, Dustin Morse, tweeted out on Tuesday
that manager Ron Gardenhire said that the team will go with Samuel Deduno on Friday in Detroit rather than the prospect Kyle Gibson, who was coming off a complete game shutout in his most recent start.
Deduno spent time with the Twins last year, displaying an odd combination of a low hit rate and a lack of control. This resulted in some dominating outings but also several short ones. In 15 starts he pitched 79 innings, or less than 5.1 IP per start. Overall he posted a 4.44 ERA with 57 strikeouts - and almost as many walks (53). Despite being the second best starting pitcher on the staff, he was dropped from the 40-man roster and yet re-signed with the Twins.
This year he left spring training with the Twins to pitch for the Dominican Republic team in the World Baseball Classic. He pitched five scoreless inning in the championship game, finishing with 17K and just 5 BB in 13 IP. However, he pulled a groin in that championship game which landed him on the disabled list until May 5th and assigned to AAA-Rochester.
He's again put up some solid numbers in Rochester - he has a 2.70 ERA and 17K in 16.2 IP. However, he also has had 10 walks and has only thrown 16.2 inning in 3 starts - an average just under 5.2 IP per start.
Gibson, who has made nine starts with the Red Wings this year, has tossed 52.2 innings and posted a solid 46-to-14 strikeout-to-walk ratio with a decent 3.25 ERA. The ERA was significantly higher than expected when you compare it to his sterling 2.84 FIP, the fourth lowest mark in the International League. Still, Gibson, who is coming off of Tommy John surgery and has a innings limit for the year, was bypassed in favor of Deduno.
A corresponding roster move should be announced shortly as it is speculated that either Tim Wood or Darin Mastroianni will be added to the 60-day disabled list.