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Twins make Kyle Gibson their fifth starter

Mar 21, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

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LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins have given the final spot in their starting rotation to pitching prospect Kyle Gibson. Gibson, 26, has been listed as one of baseball’s top-100 prospects going into the 2010, 2011, and 2013 seasons by both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus.

The rotation as a whole will include Ricky Nolasco, Kevin Correia, Phil Hughes, Mike Pelfrey, and Gibson. Vance Worley, last season’s Opening Day starter, was placed on waivers and then outrighted to Triple-A Rochester when no one claimed him. Sam Deduno, who was also competing for a rotation spot, will start the season in the bullpen and serve as a spot starter.

Last year at Triple-A, Gibson posted a 2.92 ERA in 101 2/3 innings. He struck out 87 and unintentionally walked 33.

  1. platediscipline - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    I saw Gibson make his first D1 start. I said to myself that this is a kid who will pitch in the MLB someday. I believe that he will have a long career as a 2-3 starter in this league over the next decade.

  2. hardkor07mn - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Oh super. Here comes another 90+ loss season

  3. jsally430 - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Kyle Gibson being the five starter is not the reason the twins will lose 90 games this year to be honest he has more upside than the four other starters

  4. schke - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    I like it. He didn’t exactly light the world on fire in 10 starts last season, but I thought he looked good at times w/ plenty of upside.

    The Twins need to see what they have in this kid. He’s 26 and a 1st round pick. Give him the spot right now going into the season and see what he can do. The ball is in his court now.

  5. unclemosesgreen - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Dear Buddha, I’m talking myself into the Twins new rotation. They could be much improved this year.

    • happytwinsfan - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      i’ve been enjoying the last 10 minutes trying to figure out what you mean. i have failed. may i ask you to summon some haiku to clarify?

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        Promise of Gibson,
        Nolasco also not bad.
        Phil Hughes may not stink.

      • happytwinsfan - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        myer is our hope
        while gardenhire is a dope
        hope springs eternal

  6. happytwinsfan - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    this is some nice news to start the weekend, off setting somewhat the news of the evil empire west’s victory this morning.

    from what i’ve seen gibson had a fairly good spring while deduno had a very good spring, but gibson is the guy they need if they’re going to make a run over the next several years and deduno might be nasty coming out of the bullpen. if gibson does what he was projected to he’ll be the number one starter on this staff by mid season.

  7. jsally430 - Mar 22, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    The future is bright with Meyer May and Stewart as power arms. If they all pan out the world may collapse if the twins have three bad ass power arms

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