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  • Twins To Name Gibson Fifth Starter

    At the outset of camp, it appeared that Kyle Gibson had a very slim chance of claiming a spot in the Twins rotation. He struggled mightily in his major-league debut last year and, unlike his competition for the fifth starter spot, there was no outside urgency to keep him on the 25-man roster.

    Nevertheless, La Velle E. Neal III is reporting that the Twins have decided on Gibson as their fifth starter.

    This may come as a shock to some, because it isn't exactly business as usual for the Twins, who typically go out of their way to protect assets, but they've said all along that they wanted to bring the best pitcher north and that's what they're doing. Options and such aside, Gibson is the most talented of the pool.

    There have been several signs that this move was coming. I remarked last night that among the contenders to round out the rotation, Gibson was the only one who has completed five innings in a start. Earlier this morning, the Twins announced the pitchers that were lined up to start the next five Grapefruit games; Gibson was one of them, while Scott Diamond and Samuel Deduno were not.

    And then of course there was that smart guy Glen Perkins, who told me in the clubhouse on Tuesday not to sleep on Gibson in this race.

    According to Neal, Deduno will open the season in the Twins' bullpen, while Diamond's fate is unclear at this point.
    Comments 101 Comments
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Trevor0333 View Post
      Im very happy with this but how in the heck did Pelfrey earn a spot over Deduno.

      There was no competition for Pelfrey's #4 spot in the rotation. The top four were givens. The competition was for the fifth spot.

      It's like, there's no competition for the Twins for the starting first base job.
    1. SgtSchmidt11's Avatar
      SgtSchmidt11 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Trevor0333 View Post
      Im very happy with this but how in the heck did Pelfrey earn a spot over Deduno.
      Scholarship $$$
    1. MileHighTwinsFan's Avatar
      MileHighTwinsFan -
      So, Scott Diamond is . . .

      put in the bullpen
      waived
      asked to slip in the shower and sprain his ankle.
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      You can view the page at http://www.twinsdaily.com/content.ph...-Fifth-Starter
    1. jharaldson's Avatar
      jharaldson -
      Quote Originally Posted by Trevor0333 View Post
      Im very happy with this but how in the heck did Pelfrey earn a spot over Deduno.
      It's not like Pelfery pulled a Worley this spring, he has nearly a 2/1 K/BB ratio, an ERA around 2.5, and has shown decent stuff. If it was a competition, which it wasn't, it still would have been a tough call.
    1. ScottyB's Avatar
      ScottyB -
      Quote Originally Posted by MileHighTwinsFan View Post
      So, Scott Diamond is . . .

      put in the bullpen (to take the spot from Duensing)
      waived
      asked to slip in the shower and sprain his ankle.
      Please let this be the case. I just don't trust Duensing. The runs charged to Diamond last night belong to Duensing.
    1. iTwins's Avatar
      iTwins -
      Quote Originally Posted by MileHighTwinsFan View Post
      So, Scott Diamond is . . .

      put in the bullpen
      waived
      asked to slip in the shower and sprain his ankle.
      "Asked", "Pushed" same thing.


      I like the move. Gibson deserves to be a starter and I think Deduno can be quite good out of the 'pen.
    1. tobi0040's Avatar
      tobi0040 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iTwins View Post
      "Asked", "Pushed" same thing.


      I like the move. Gibson deserves to be a starter and I think Deduno can be quite good out of the 'pen.
      Anytime a more talented player with options makes the team over a less talented player out of options, I am glad to see it.
    1. savvyspy's Avatar
      savvyspy -
      Gibson as #5 and Deduno in the pen sounds like the right approach.

      Worley and Diamond have had an entire year and spring to get their acts together and have failed to solidify their places. Its time to move on or if they clear waivers stick them in Rochester.
    1. Gernzy's Avatar
      Gernzy -
      Love this move. I think Deduno will be better in the bullpen. Plus he's right there if we need another starter.

      It will be interesting to see if Worley makes in through waivers.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Bully for Kyle.

      Also, this is a good example of why we shouldn't dwell on statements made by the front office in the first week of March. Or put too much stock in anything in the first week of March, really.
    1. Steve_h's Avatar
      Steve_h -
      It's good news for Gibson. I wonder if this means Diamond will be DFA'd. Is there room in the pen for both Diamond and Deduno?
    1. Dbohnk's Avatar
      Dbohnk -
      I am glad to see the Twins bringing the best players north. I had a fear that they were going to keep all of these out of options players on the roster while more talented guys wasted away in Rochester. I wonder if this means anything for the final bench spot on the team.
    1. Dantes929's Avatar
      Dantes929 -
      Rare occasion where spring training is used to earn a spot. Ideally this does happen rarely. I would have thought they would stretch Deduno out more. I wonder if this was actual midrange planning. Since they tend to give the rotation plenty of starts (Worley was given 10 last year) to prove things one way or another I wonder if their plan is to make Meyer the first option to replace a failed starter. I hope they all pitch so well there is no place for Meyer but my bet is on Correia. I am hoping it is not Hughes or Gibson.
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Shocked! And ecstatic to be wrong about this........huzzah for another reason to tune in to this team!!!
    1. highlander's Avatar
      highlander -
      if you are serious about being a champion, you have to make this move. I hope the rotation saws wood till the lumber catches up. Who knows maybe we have a pennant race!!!!
    1. troyhobbs's Avatar
      troyhobbs -
      Like that Gibson made it, tough to see Deduno get snubbed though. His stats over the past 2 seasons suggest he should crack this starting 5 easily plus his stuff just looks nasty, but he doesn't have the big name or the big contract. I'm sure he'll get some starts though eventually one way or another.
    1. troyhobbs's Avatar
      troyhobbs -
      Quote Originally Posted by highlander View Post
      if you are serious about being a champion, you have to make this move. I hope the rotation saws wood till the lumber catches up. Who knows maybe we have a pennant race!!!!
      Whoa, whoa, whoa...a pennant race?
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by highlander View Post
      Who knows maybe we have a pennant race!!!!
      Check the score of today's Nolasco start in Ft Myers before sending in your deposit on playoff tickets.
    1. Sconnie's Avatar
      Sconnie -
      I'm happy to see the front office take the best pitcher regardless of risk of losing an asset. I wonder how Worley, Diamond, and Deduno pan out. Worley and Deduno seem to have the most trade value.
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