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  • Top '13 Stories: #9 - Kyle Gibson promoted

    There was one 2013 Target Field game that felt like an event. It was June 29th, the opponent was the Royals and the Minnesota Twins starting pitcher was Kyle Gibson.

    The promotion of Gibson was anticipated for months, which is what led to it being such a big story. Objectively, he was far from the best prospect in the organization, and ranked just 68th overall in the minor leagues by Baseball America. Furthermore, he was battling his way back from Tommy John surgery, and approaching a predetermined innings limit by the time he made his major league debut.

    But we had waited for this one; oh, how we had waited. A week before, we howled whe Pedro Hernandez was promoted over Gibson. Before that, Sam Deduno had taken precedence. Going into spring training, people wondered if Gibson might make the opening day roster. In 2012, before his elbow injury, we wondered how few starts in AAA he might make. Heck, go back to 2009, when the 1st round pick signed literally at the deadline.

    As the lone pitching prospect making his way through the high minors, Gibson received an undue amount of mindshare. For as long as the Twins have needed starting pitching, their fans have had basically one prospect from whom they could anticipate some help: Kyle Gibson. No wonder his promotion was announced a week early.

    His first start, which also happened to fall on a beautiful Saturday, was electric. He didn’t disappoint, recording a quality start with six innings, two earned runs and five strikeouts. He also got his first “Win” as his teammates jumped on Kansas City early, scoring five runs in the first inning on their way to a 6-2 victory. It felt like a long anticipated jump start to a bright future.

    But the rest of the year was considerably less hair-raising, and Gibson’s bright future is now less clear. In his next start he was knocked around for eight runs. His ERA never fell below 6 after that and he never pitched more than six innings in a start. He was shut down for the year after throwing 152.2 innings between AAA and the majors.

    Next year, he will likely begin the year back in the minors. He’ll be battling for the final rotation spot against three pitchers who have had more major league success than him – Sam Deduno, Scott Diamond and Vance Worley. He will be further hampered by a roster status that allows the Twins to safely stow him in Rochester.

    But Gibson’s promotion and initial success was a hopeful distraction in a gloomy season. That hopeful promise should yet provide some similar relief to tired Twins' fans in the future.
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. Tibs's Avatar
      Tibs -
      Does anyone think Kyle Gibson grabs a spot in the rotation?
    1. Sleestax's Avatar
      Sleestax -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tibs View Post
      Does anyone think Kyle Gibson grabs a spot in the rotation?
      Yeah..he has a chance. It is wide open now...I'm afraid of hard throwing early to gain attention. Any one of these guys could be the 5th starter. Can't believe we could be offering what could be a 3 year contract to another pitcher. Maybe they needed good pitching prospects for a trade?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I want to pose this question to the twins daily audience, how do you feel about the future of Kyle Gibson with the twins? Personally, I have zero question in my mind that he will be a solid number 3 with the ability to be a number 2 at times. what do you think?
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I want to pose this question to the twins daily audience, how do you feel about the future of Kyle Gibson with the twins? Personally, I have zero question in my mind that he will be a solid number 3 with the ability to be a number 2 at times. what do you think?
      Agreed. Myers, Stewart, Gibson, Nolasco, Gonsalves/Eades/Baxendale/May/Berrios/Thorpe/Felix Jorge come 2016 a nice rotation makes....
    1. Tibs's Avatar
      Tibs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I want to pose this question to the twins daily audience, how do you feel about the future of Kyle Gibson with the twins? Personally, I have zero question in my mind that he will be a solid number 3 with the ability to be a number 2 at times. what do you think?
      I think he has a future with the Twins. How important of a year is 2014 for him? I hope he succeeds and spends most, or all, of 2014 with the Twins.
    1. cmb0252's Avatar
      cmb0252 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I want to pose this question to the twins daily audience, how do you feel about the future of Kyle Gibson with the twins? Personally, I have zero question in my mind that he will be a solid number 3 with the ability to be a number 2 at times. what do you think?
      I 100% agree with you Seth. Just like Hicks, I feel people are overreacting to a player switching levels and having a bad small sample size. They could bust, prospects often do, but I'm not worried yet. Not at all.
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