• Twins To Go With Samuel Deduno, Kyle Gibson To Wait

    The Minnesota Twins PR director, Dustin Morse, tweeted out on Tuesday that manager Ron Gardenhire said that the team will go with Samuel Deduno on Friday in Detroit rather than the prospect Kyle Gibson, who was coming off a complete game shutout in his most recent start.

    Deduno spent time with the Twins last year, displaying an odd combination of a low hit rate and a lack of control. This resulted in some dominating outings but also several short ones. In 15 starts he pitched 79 innings, or less than 5.1 IP per start. Overall he posted a 4.44 ERA with 57 strikeouts - and almost as many walks (53). Despite being the second best starting pitcher on the staff, he was dropped from the 40-man roster and yet re-signed with the Twins.

    This year he left spring training with the Twins to pitch for the Dominican Republic team in the World Baseball Classic. He pitched five scoreless inning in the championship game, finishing with 17K and just 5 BB in 13 IP. However, he pulled a groin in that championship game which landed him on the disabled list until May 5th and assigned to AAA-Rochester.

    He's again put up some solid numbers in Rochester - he has a 2.70 ERA and 17K in 16.2 IP. However, he also has had 10 walks and has only thrown 16.2 inning in 3 starts - an average just under 5.2 IP per start.

    Gibson, who has made nine starts with the Red Wings this year, has tossed 52.2 innings and posted a solid 46-to-14 strikeout-to-walk ratio with a decent 3.25 ERA. The ERA was significantly higher than expected when you compare it to his sterling 2.84 FIP, the fourth lowest mark in the International League. Still, Gibson, who is coming off of Tommy John surgery and has a innings limit for the year, was bypassed in favor of Deduno.

    A corresponding roster move should be announced shortly as it is speculated that either Tim Wood or Darin Mastroianni will be added to the 60-day disabled list.
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      I think it's the right move to keep Gibson down for now.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Gibson has 100 innings left max. Are they really just going to burn through them now as fast as they can in AAA?
    1. mikelink45's Avatar
      mikelink45 -
      This frustrated me enough to force me to register instead of just read the Twins Daily reports. Is Sam Deduno the future? Does it help to use up all of Gibson's innings in the minor leagues? What is this season about - the future, now... If they want Deduno get rid of one of the other stiffs in the rotation, but lets see if we can get Gibson in the majors while he can still be considered a relatively young prospect.
    1. Steve Penz's Avatar
      Steve Penz -
      I think this was covered in detail in another post about Gibsons almost no hitter so please forgive if this is a repeat. I see no issue with him staying down for another couple of starts. They should make sure to preserve the extra year of service and there is no harm getting a few more reps in AAA. He may still get 8 innings at AAAA. I am excited to see him too but it is not like he is the keystone to winning the central.
    1. spideyo's Avatar
      spideyo -
      I think it's pretty clear that Gibson will benefit more from a couple more AAA starts than Deduno will. It's not like he's being blocked forever,

      Not sure if its a factor or not, but it wouldn't be doing Gibson any favors to have his MLB debut come out a time when our offense is slumping badly and our defense has been inconsistent at best. I don't want the kid to come out and pitch alright, but lose because of bad play behind and no run support. That wouldn't do anything for his confidence.
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      I'm not all that happy about this. But I can understand it. Deduno was scheduled to start the year in place of Hendriks until he hurt his groin in the WBC championship game. This is how long it has taken him to work back to his former position. He has done nothing to suggest he doesn't deserve to get his spot back now that he's ready (unlike DeVries).

      Deduno can be a great asset to this team, either as a solid starter or trade bait. They have to get him up here to prove it, though.

      I also think the Twins will not be all that patient with the other guys in the rotation. We'll see Gibson soon enough, and he'll start 15 games or so before they have to shut him down.
    1. strumdatjag's Avatar
      strumdatjag -
      That otherwise worthless "Dayo" cheer now has a proper response for the crowd.
      P.A.: Dayo!!!
      Crowd: Day-Doo'-Noe
    1. Winston Smith's Avatar
      Winston Smith -
      Probably for the best gives Andy less time to spend teaching Gibbie "pitch to contact".
    1. jun's Avatar
      jun -
      Quote Originally Posted by mikelink45 View Post
      This frustrated me enough to force me to register instead of just read the Twins Daily reports. Is Sam Deduno the future? Does it help to use up all of Gibson's innings in the minor leagues? What is this season about - the future, now... If they want Deduno get rid of one of the other stiffs in the rotation, but lets see if we can get Gibson in the majors while he can still be considered a relatively young prospect.
      I guess you don't know much about the money business in baseball.
    1. DAM DC Twins Fans's Avatar
      DAM DC Twins Fans -
      I think right move. Gibson has been very up and down in Rochester and has not put back to back good starts together. No harm in waiting...
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      As I said before, I doubt Gibson sees MLB this season. He has been pretty up and down in AAA, so why exactly should they burn his innings in MLB? Deduno is what the Twins likely view as an expendable commodity. Gibson is more valuable, and it makes sense for the team to make him iron things out in AAA so he has less to iron out in MLB.
    1. TheMix's Avatar
      TheMix -
      Quote Originally Posted by jun View Post
      I guess you don't know much about the money business in baseball.
      Apparently neither do you, or you wouldn't have posted that.....it makes no sense, in multiple ways
    1. jun's Avatar
      jun -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheMix View Post
      Apparently neither do you, or you wouldn't have posted that.....it makes no sense, in multiple ways
      Well sure I don't know much about the money business in baseball, what I understand is that the Twins need to hold Gibson in the minor league for at least one more month so that they could pay less for his service time if he could stick with the Twins for many years.

      Now tell me what you know about?
    1. Han Joelo's Avatar
      Han Joelo -
      Deduno didn't have to re-sign with the Twins this offseason. Maybe this is a bit of a loyalty thing.
    1. johnnydakota's Avatar
      johnnydakota -
      Im guessing Gibson will have things ironed out once the super 2 date has elasped....
      and rightfully so, with the teams inability to draft and develope quality starters , we want to hang on to the couple we do for as long as posible....good move.
      also Samuel Deuno has earned it, last year and this spring ....
    1. huhguy's Avatar
      huhguy -
      Great move! We just got better, thrilled Gardy recognizes this
    1. DedunoTheMuffinMan?'s Avatar
      DedunoTheMuffinMan? -
      I love watching Deduno, so I'm excited. His pitches are just crazy.
    1. Twins Twerp's Avatar
      Twins Twerp -
      Posted this in another thread, so apologies for flooding the Gibson walls: I haven't seen this anywhere, but I was thinking to myself when I saw Deduno would make the start: "Is this a financial move by the Twins?" This thought made me hate myself but here is why I think this. Not for service time or any of that BS. Deduno's start will be made on the road if I am not mistaken. Could the Twins brass be thinking: "Gibson is a popular prospect whom Twins nation knows a lot about, should we wait until a home game to call him up?" Of course not every (or 98%) of Twins fans are as versed in the Farm system as we (td.com) are, but Gibby is popular. He has a spot on "Spotlight, The Next Generation" or whatever they call it. They frequently talk about him in the booth, both on radio and Television. He could bring in more ticket sales for the first start of "GIBBY's" career. Just a thought, or am I reading too many TD articles and refreshing BA.com too often?
    1. fairweather's Avatar
      fairweather -
      Everyone needs to calm down. The entire rotation as it is currently comprised with the exception of Deduno and Diamond is horrible. Gibson will get "the call" soon enough.
    1. jimbo92107's Avatar
      jimbo92107 -
      I like Sam Deduno. He's a blast to watch, with his crazy fastball and his 12-to-6 curve. Deduno brings a level of excitement to Twins games, which sometimes seem bland. This team needs a pinch of hot sauce, not more lefse.
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