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    The Minnesota Twins just announced that they have optioned Kyle Gibson and Caleb Thielbar and also reassigned Anthony Slama, James Beresford and Kyle Knudson to minor league camp.

    Gibson has really struggled in big league games this spring after a flashy start. Of course, this is no surprise in his return from Tommy John surgery although many thought that he would have a chance at making the Twins starting rotation. More important than where he starts the season, Gibson's arm is feeling good. His velocity is back. He is throwing a very sharp slider. His control is not as impeccable as it typically has been, but that isn't completely unexpected. Gibson is going to have his innings monitored, but that is not the reason for starting the season in Rochester. He needs to get work. He needs to be more consistent. There is little question that he will be fine. He will be up with the Twins in the not-so-distant future.

    Thielbar was one of the surprise adds to the 40 man roster. Plucked from the St. Paul Saints late in the 2011 season, Thielbar pitched in Ft. Myers, New Britain, Rochester and the Arizona Fall League in 2012. He struggled this spring, but he does have a strong arm, and if needed, he could come up in 2013.

    Anthony Slama struggled this spring as well. In each of his outings, he threw a lot of pitches, struggled with control and command and was hittable. He'll go back to Rochester, probably be the closer, hopefully put up Slama-like numbers and get one more shot with the Twins during the season. He does become a minor league free agent following the season.

    James Beresford impressed with his glove, as always, this spring with the Twins. His first big league camp was interrupted by his appearance with Australia in the WBC. He has played three infield positions very well. Last night, he launched a solo home run for the Twins. He had just one home run in his professional career coming into the game, a home run in 2010 in Beloit. But, he has been able to add weight this offseason, a goal of his, and he has made some adjustments, so 2013 should be an interesting year for him.

    Kyle Knudson went to high school in Minnesota and played for the Minnesota Gophers in college. He was invited to spring training to help catch bullpens, but also to gain exposure with the big league coaching staff. He handled himself well behind the plate, and finally healthy, he should put up decent offensive numbers in 2013. He'll likely start the season in Ft. Myers.

    According to the press release, the Twins now have 51 players in camp (24 pitchers, six catchers, 11 infielders, and 10 outfielders.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Send Gibson, 4 Others to Minor League Camp started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 57 Comments
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Well, that sucks. Who are the starters now for two months?
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Good to hear that Gibson is going to Rochester. I wish the same could be said about Hicks... but it looks like he will be the opening day CF unfortunately. I hope it is worth it for the Twins.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      So is it Hendriks and DeVries fighting for the fifth spot, or does Deduno have a shot if he shuts down Mauer and the Americans in the WBC tonight?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Duplicated post. Sorry!
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Duplicate Post.
    1. Jim Crikket's Avatar
      Jim Crikket -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      So is it Hendriks and DeVries fighting for the fifth spot, or does Deduno have a shot if he shuts down Mauer and the Americans in the WBC tonight?
      As unpatriotic as it might sound, I'm rooting a little bit for Deduno to do just that, tonight.
    1. Dance with Disco Dan's Avatar
      Dance with Disco Dan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Badsmerf View Post
      Good to hear that Gibson is going to Rochester. I wish the same could be said about Hicks... but it looks like he will be the opening day CF unfortunately. I hope it is worth it for the Twins.

      I am in your camp. The Twins should be playing the same player "control" game that the smart teams do (See, e.g., the Rays). Particularly because having Hicks or Gibson on the roster on opening day will not make or break the season. I still have hope Hicks starts in AAA and is, if still playing well, brought up the day after the Twins achieve the extra year of control.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      do we have to ahve the control argument in every thread?
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      do we have to ahve the control argument in every thread?
      Keep it up and I'm going to ban you for two months to maintain control over your posting through 2018.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      Keep it up and I'm going to ban you for two months to maintain control over your posting through 2018.
      Try it, and I'll go to the posters union.....or maybe just spend more time talking about the Vikings on another board, or D&D on another board, or maybe I'll actually finish one of te 5 books I'm currently reading.....
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      Try it, and I'll go to the posters union.....or maybe just spend more time talking about the Vikings on another board, or D&D on another board, or maybe I'll actually finish one of te 5 books I'm currently reading.....
      D&D? Pssshhh. Nerd. Try it, buddy. My THAC0 is -8.
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      A little disappointing that Gibson couldn't take control this spring and establish himself as a top five option, as I'm excited to see him get going and innings are limited this year, but hopefully he'll sharpen up over the early weeks in Rochester and come to Minnesota by early May ready to go, with an extra year potentially added to his service time.
    1. SurroundedByTigers's Avatar
      SurroundedByTigers -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      D&D? Pssshhh. Nerd. Try it, buddy. My THAC0 is -8.
      I'm going postal on this line of thought. Talk baseball, Go Twins, and hope we find some pitching.
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      This was always going to be the plan, I don't think his performance this spring was ever going to play a factor.
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      One less thing to have excitement over as the season starts.
    1. Dance with Disco Dan's Avatar
      Dance with Disco Dan -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      do we have to ahve the control argument in every thread?
      Sorry you are over the topic. Unless and until Ryan hacks the Pohlads' checking account password, however, decisions about promoting a player to MLB must factor in the financial ramifications of that decision as well as the readiness of the player. If not, it's akin to GM malpractice - unless you GM for the Yankees, Red Sox, or Dodgers.

      It'd be nice to promote good young talent the second it's ready to succeed at the MLB level. Unfortunately, that's not life under the CBA for 27 teams. In a vacuum, I'd love to see Hicks start the season in CF if he is ready. But I'd rather see the Twins competing for the playoffs sooner than later and maximizing the low-cost control of its young talent will allow them the best chance to achieve that.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by SurroundedByTigers View Post
      I'm going postal on this line of thought. Talk baseball, Go Twins, and hope we find some pitching.
      I don't even know what this means.

      Brock is hit by +18 Vorpal Sword of Confusion for 253 damage.

      Brock has died.
    1. SweetOne69's Avatar
      SweetOne69 -
      This makes sense. Gibson has pitched in 4 games this spring and hasn't gone more than 2 innings per outing while the other starters are at 4+IP at the same point. It's obvious that he hasn't been getting stretched out to be ready to go by opening day. Also his last couple of outings have been pretty lackluster.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      THACO? that is old school.....

      On topic, I always said to keep him up if he was ready. It appears that he is not ready, so I have no problem with the deicision, but am bummed he was not ready.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dance with Disco Dan View Post
      Sorry you are over the topic. Unless and until Ryan hacks the Pohlads' checking account password, however, decisions about promoting a player to MLB must factor in the financial ramifications of that decision as well as the readiness of the player. If not, it's akin to GM malpractice - unless you GM for the Yankees, Red Sox, or Dodgers.

      It'd be nice to promote good young talent the second it's ready to succeed at the MLB level. Unfortunately, that's not life under the CBA for 27 teams. In a vacuum, I'd love to see Hicks start the season in CF if he is ready. But I'd rather see the Twins competing for the playoffs sooner than later and maximizing the low-cost control of its young talent will allow them the best chance to achieve that.
      He's 25. There is no compelling reason to worry about control for a 25 year old. They have control until he's 31 or 32 already. This is not a 22 year old we are talking about, but someone that will be 26 just after the season ends. There are guys arguing against signing 30 year old pitchers as free agents, and yet many of those same poster are worried about controlling a pitcher past that age.....
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