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2013 Stats (Triple-A): 20.1 IP, 4.43 ERA, 3.00 GO/AO, 19/7 K/BB (4 GS)
A former first-round draft pick out of Missouri, Gibson missed the end of 2011 and most of the 2012 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He returned to pitch at three levels, including Triple-A Rochester, and showcased the same advanced command and strikeout potential as he did before the surgery. And although he turned in a strong performance in the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost time, the right-hander was sent back to Triple-A to open the 2013 season.
At 6’6”, the right-hander’s fastball works in the 88-94 mph range and will sometimes scrape a few ticks higher. Perhaps more importantly, Gibson’s size allows him to throw the pitch on a solid downhill plane and still command it to both sides of the plate. That said, he still needs to develop a more consistent feel for living down in the zone.
Meanwhile, Gibson throws his slider with consistent tilt, as it’s an above-average offering. A changeup rounds out his arsenal and represents another quality secondary weapon with excellent speed differential and fastball-like arm speed.
He still profiles favorably as a No. 3 or No. 4 starter, but he’ll have to make ongoing adjustments, as he hopes to secure a spot in the Twins’ big-league rotation by the end of the season.