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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. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Mike Berardino reported first that Danny Lehmann has also been reassigned to minor league camp.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      THACO? that is old school.....
      That's THAC0 to you, get it right.
    1. birdwatcher's Avatar
      birdwatcher -
      No!!! Danny Lehmann sent down??? What a mistake!!
    1. strumdatjag's Avatar
      strumdatjag -
      I want to see Deduno start the year as the Twins #5 - My only reason? So, I can respond "Day-Doo-Noe" to the stupid "Day-yoe" canned cheer at Target Field. Also, Deduno's stuff plus wildness may actually translate into success in MLB - The old "effectively wild" theory.
    1. chuchadoro's Avatar
      chuchadoro -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      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.....
      But where will the Twins find the money to sign the Ponsons, Batistas, Castros and Correias of the world in 2019?
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      That's THAC0 to you, get it right.
      Dang.....you are correct sir.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      do we have to ahve the control argument in every thread?
      "You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike."

      / the THAC0 responders will have a better shot at this one
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      I'm just glad they're sending him over there to start games and stretch out. I didn't like him relieving last night. Apparently, he didn't like it either, cause his first 10 pitches missed their mark.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
    1. fairweather's Avatar
      fairweather -
      I mean I want to be optimistic but the way I see it the rotation has no chance of being even close to league average without Gibson or Harden. Now I know that those 2 could still help the team later in the year even if they won't make the team out of ST but I have to believe that the rotation as it now appears to be shaping up for the start of the season will be every bit as bad if not worse than the 2012 rotation. Even if Diamond makes it for opening day the rotation is just shameful.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Worley, Correia and, um, um, who are the next three if Pelfrey, Diamond and Gibson are not there? Heck, let's say Pelfrey is there.....then what?
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Good
      Hope he can work on his control and learn how to harness his stuff. He can be on a strict limit to start the year and build up to 150 innings.
      Hope he pitches well enough to see a month or two in the majors
    1. Halsey Hall's Avatar
      Halsey Hall -
      It's good he's going down, he's really not ready yet for the bigs. Might as well let these other guys get slapped around, and we've got better options than Gibson now anyway. Hendriks, Deduno and DeVries are better, and heck Alex Myer might even be better right now. If Gibson can get hitters out at AAA, give him a chance, but I'd bet his first month there won't be anything to crow about either. And he'll probably be with a couple I just mentioned, so when the time comes, we'll see who's brought up first.
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      "You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike."
      Thanks. After reading that I'm curled up in the fetal position under my desk, reliving the guilt of getting that little bird incinerated by the dragon.

      Anyway, Gibson couldn't control the fastball, so they didn't have much choice. As for his age, if he's good enough to really make a difference when he gets here, he'll still probably be fairly good when he's 32.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      If Gibson is not better than Deduno and DeVries this year, the Twins are in real trouble beyond this year.
    1. fairweather's Avatar
      fairweather -
      The D&D comments are hilarious! Thaco! There's something I haven't heard in 15 years! LOL
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      Worley, Correia and, um, um, who are the next three if Pelfrey, Diamond and Gibson are not there? Heck, let's say Pelfrey is there.....then what?
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      Diamond will only miss a couple of starts. Gibson should be back when he can just calm down without trying to make the team. Meyer will not be far behind. By midseason, the rotation will look like this:

      Worley
      Diamond
      Pelfry
      Gibson
      Meyers
    1. Jack Torse's Avatar
      Jack Torse -
      I'm concerned about his cieling at this point. He's 25 already and has never been dominant at any level in the minors. I doubt this decision has anything to do with service time. Most alarming and is how quickly they cut him this spring.
    1. Dance with Disco Dan's Avatar
      Dance with Disco Dan -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      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.
      You are right about Gibson. I am more agnostic about sending him down given his age and past medical history. If he is ready I would be fine with him in the opening day rotation. However, my post was primarily about my hopes that the Twins send HICKS down to control his service time. I think you would agree that is an entirely different discussion and, frankly, the one I thought we were engaged in.

      In sum, Hicks down for control regardless of readiness on opening day. Gibson in rotation whenever he is ready.
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