• Twins Send Gibson, 4 Others to Minor League Camp

    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. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jack Torse View Post
      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.
      Prior to Tommy John surgery, as a 22 year old, he dominated both High A and AA. You can hardly fault him for blowing out his elbow and effectively losing two years of his career. Now he just needs regain his consistency, which is not uncommon for someone less than two years removed from TJ surgery.
    1. Mchans24's Avatar
      Mchans24 -
      If Aaron Hicks wins the job it would be a travesty to send him to AAA. I get it if it were a toss up but it seems this kid has done everything he needed to do to win the position. If your thinking long term, having him in a good mental position going into the season with Great confidence is the way to go.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mchans24 View Post
      If Aaron Hicks wins the job it would be a travesty.... If your thinking long term, having him in a good mental position going into the season with Great confidence is the way to go.
      If you're truly thinking long-term, whether or not he doesn't play the first month is a triviality, not a travesty.
    1. Oxtung's Avatar
      Oxtung -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmathewson View Post
      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
      I doubt it. Corriea is going to be starting for the team all of this season barring injury or a Blackburnesque collapse. They aren't going to just throw away the millions already committed for next year. While Corriea might not be good I don't think he's going to put up a 7 ERA either.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Oxtung View Post
      I doubt it. Corriea is going to be starting for the team all of this season barring injury or a Blackburnesque collapse. They aren't going to just throw away the millions already committed for next year. While Corriea might not be good I don't think he's going to put up a 7 ERA either.
      Agreed, but the rose-colored glasses set on Twins Daily are already optimistically enthusiastic about taking the battlingly effective Correia ERA "Under" at about 6.00.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      So, is this the end of the "Free Slama" campaign?
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      So, is this the end of the "Free Slama" campaign?
      Nope.

      It sucks.
    1. by jiminy's Avatar
      by jiminy -
      Slama would be crazy to re-sign with the Twins once he's a free agent. They obviously have never believed in him. I predict he's signed by the A's, and I hope he does well there.
    1. Jack Torse's Avatar
      Jack Torse -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmathewson View Post
      Prior to Tommy John surgery, as a 22 year old, he dominated both High A and AA. You can hardly fault him for blowing out his elbow and effectively losing two years of his career. Now he just needs regain his consistency, which is not uncommon for someone less than two years removed from TJ surgery.
      8.8 h/9 3.72 ERA in 275 IP career minor league. Not what i would call dominant, especially from an elite level college pitching prospect.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jack Torse View Post
      8.8 h/9 3.72 ERA in 275 IP career minor league. Not what i would call dominant, especially from an elite level college pitching prospect.
      Yikes, talk about cherry-picking stats. What about Gibson's 8.2 K/9 or his 2.4 BB/9?

      Gibson's ERA and H/9 are inflated thanks to his pre-injury stint at AAA, where he scuffled for quite some time before getting TJS (4.83 ERA, 10.3 H/9, 95 IP).

      Gibson is not a #1 pitcher. He may not even be a #2 pitcher. But he is a guy that puts the ball on the ground a lot, strikes out his fair share of batters, and doesn't issue an abundance of free passes. That's a valuable guy in any rotation. He just needs to get his command back, it seems.
    1. SweetOne69's Avatar
      SweetOne69 -
      Quote Originally Posted by by jiminy View Post
      Slama would be crazy to re-sign with the Twins once he's a free agent. They obviously have never believed in him. I predict he's signed by the A's, and I hope he does well there.
      True, but obviously other teams are not high on him either as he could've been taken in the rule V draft several times.
    1. Cris E's Avatar
      Cris E -
      Slama's not that good. He's funky, and that can play, but he's not a major league player.

      I hope they let him close at Rochester again, and as soon as he establishes himself (again) they trade him to some team that will give him a chance for some other AAAA guy who was never appreciated by his organization. He should get a chance to prove his mediocrity to the world, and the Twins aren't going to let him.
    1. Mr. Brooks's Avatar
      Mr. Brooks -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cris E View Post
      Slama's not that good. He's funky, and that can play, but he's not a major league player.

      I hope they let him close at Rochester again, and as soon as he establishes himself (again) they trade him to some team that will give him a chance for some other AAAA guy who was never appreciated by his organization. He should get a chance to prove his mediocrity to the world, and the Twins aren't going to let him.
      How can you know that until/unless he gets a legit chance?
      Just because he doesnt have nasty stuff doesnt mean he cant be a decent mlb reliever, his minor league numbers are consistently very good.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cris E View Post
      Slama's not that good. He's funky, and that can play, but he's not a major league player. .
      and the likes of Hoey, Gray, Manship, Vasquez, Dumatrait, Hacker, et. al. were?
    1. Cris E's Avatar
      Cris E -
      I'm not here to defend it, just report it: Slama is on the wrong side of the line that separates prospects and players from minor leaguers. The organization has had countless opportunities to play him and they've rarely done it. Other teams have had the chance to pluck him in Rule V and he's still here. He's at a point where he can choose his own path and I hope he gets a chance.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      He will get a chance somewhere. I fail to see how a 90+ loss team that could use help in the pen, and happens to also have some nice hitting prospects coming along, cannot give him that chance. He should have been up here for at least half of this season when it was clear that the season was over with.

      I don't know if he can make it at the ML level or not, and I don't think anyone does, but he's earned a chance... something that some guys on the roster had not done.

      I get that he's non-traditional, but he's gotten some pretty good results up through AAA. He wouldn't be the first non-traditional guy to excel in the bigs, nor would he be the first to fail. Not giving him a shot however, is incredibly foolish of an organization that has a need at a position that he's played well.
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      Quote Originally Posted by DJ Smith View Post
      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.
      This is pure evidence of a man that knows baseball right here.
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