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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. tobi0040's Avatar
      tobi0040 -
      Originally Posted by 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!!!!


      Playoffs?

      http://www.bleachernation.com/2012/0...mora-playoffs/
    1. Sconnie's Avatar
      Sconnie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sconnie View Post
      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.
      I see Worley was waived. Never mind
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by troyhobbs View Post
      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.
      Initially, I thought the fifth starter job would go to Deduno but upon further thought, this makes more sense...

      Starting off the season with Gibson as the fifth starter gives him regular innings in the majors, something Kyle badly needs to succeed in the long-term.

      Deduno, on the other hand, is more experienced and should be able to shift from long relief to spot-starting without much difficulty, plus it mitigates some of his injury risk.

      I don't think either option is a bad one but I am happy to see the front office show confidence in Kyle.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      I'm happy for Gibson and excited for him to reach his potential. If he does... He will be a big boost for this club.

      However... I still think Deduno has the potential to be our best starter in 2014. I think he has the stuff to be.
    1. spycake's Avatar
      spycake -
      Congrats to Kyle, and way to go Twins. They really played their poker face on this one! Antony barely mentioned him in that interview. Still seems like they were giving Worley/Diamond every opportunity to claim the job, but glad to see Gibson was indeed a realistic option.

      Didn't they previously express concerns about Deduno coming out of the pen? I seem to recall something like that from the past two years. Not sure whether it was his warmup routine, recovery rate, mediocre K/BB rates, something?
    1. spycake's Avatar
      spycake -
      Also, the best part of this move may not even be Gibson or Deduno. It effectively moves Meyer up a few spots on the depth chart, hopefully first in line assuming he makes a smooth transition to AAA.
    1. birdwatcher's Avatar
      birdwatcher -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      Good.
      Don't be so damned effusive in your praise, Mr. Wins.


      Oh oh, here comes an infraction.
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      The Twins aggressiveness with a prospect makes it all the more bittersweet that Sano is out for the year. Good for Gibson!
    1. Hosken Bombo Disco's Avatar
      Hosken Bombo Disco -
      Like the rest of you, I'm glad to see Gibson make the team. He's earned it and he's finally ready and I hope the best for him.

      Without wishing ill on any of the other starters, I'd also like to see Deduno get some starts now. Go team!
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by PseudoSABR View Post
      The Twins aggressiveness with a prospect
      This is Gibson's age-26 season. Give him slack for the surgeries, but still, they're not exactly pushing the calendar to give him his chance (again) with the big club.
    1. mcrow's Avatar
      mcrow -
      Good for him, I was hoping he'd step it up and earn a spot on the roster.

      So far I'm fairly pleased with the way the rotation is setting up. Maybe not going to make a big enough jump to contend for the playoffs but should be a significant increase in wins. It is just spring training but I feel good about the progress with the pitching.
    1. SydneyTwinsFan's Avatar
      SydneyTwinsFan -
      Great move. I was advocating this but pleasantly surprised the Twins have actually done it
    1. pierre75275's Avatar
      pierre75275 -
      Im excited to watch Kyle Gibson pitch for the big club. My questions are what to do with Diamond and who gets the first call if a starter is needed? Meyer? or Deduno?
    1. Deduno Abides's Avatar
      Deduno Abides -
      This is good news. Assuming Gibson sticks in the rotation, it starts a march of major league quality pitchers from the minors to the rotation. Next is Meyer, and there are some very promising arms in the lower levels. (I predict May can be a major league quality reliever, but not a starter. Think Latroy Hawkins.) It has been a few years since home grown pitchers with more than a hope of sticking started appearing in the rotation.

      Also, the fact that there is debate about a pitcher people think is deserving but who didn't make the rotation (Deduno) is great circumstantial evidence of progress. By the way, long relief is a good role for Sam at the start of the season, based on his injury last year and possible changes to the rotation as the year goes on.

      This could be the Twins' strongest rotation in several years.
    1. ChiTownTwinsFan's Avatar
      ChiTownTwinsFan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      Initially, I thought the fifth starter job would go to Deduno but upon further thought, this makes more sense...

      Starting off the season with Gibson as the fifth starter gives him regular innings in the majors, something Kyle badly needs to succeed in the long-term.

      Deduno, on the other hand, is more experienced and should be able to shift from long relief to spot-starting without much difficulty, plus it mitigates some of his injury risk.

      I don't think either option is a bad one but I am happy to see the front office show confidence in Kyle.
      This, this, this!

      I had said in another thread Gibson for the 5th spot and Deduno out of the pen with occasional spot starts. Mostly I questioned Deduno's shoulder going forward as a starter, at least for now. And I just felt that Gibson was right for the 5th spot; if not now, when? So this is good all around.
    1. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      It is so rare to get through a season without an injury to a starter, I'm sure Deduno will get 10+ starts before its said and done. I am just happy to have a little depth for once. Should make the season a lot more bearable.
    1. Danchat's Avatar
      Danchat -
      I really hope Gibson can shake off his troubles from last year. I recall it he had some anxiety issues, and perhaps he has overcome them.

      I wonder if Deduno will get better now that he's in the bullpen... though he's already a good starter, now he's got the potential to be a deadly reliever. He's also a great long relief option because he can pitch several scoreless innings and keep us in the game.

      Huh. I think I actually like this call. I gotta give you credit when it's due, TR.
    1. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Deduno Abides View Post
      This is good news. Assuming Gibson sticks in the rotation, it starts a march of major league quality pitchers from the minors to the rotation. Next is Meyer, and there are some very promising arms in the lower levels. (I predict May can be a major league quality reliever, but not a starter. Think Latroy Hawkins.) It has been a few years since home grown pitchers with more than a hope of sticking started appearing in the rotation.

      Also, the fact that there is debate about a pitcher people think is deserving but who didn't make the rotation (Deduno) is great circumstantial evidence of progress. By the way, long relief is a good role for Sam at the start of the season, based on his injury last year and possible changes to the rotation as the year goes on.

      This could be the Twins' strongest rotation in several years.
      Relevant username if there ever was one.
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Great news, another promising young player we get to see hopefully develop, certainly beats watching a guy who has a limited future at his expense.

      Deduno will undoubtedly get a number of starts this year as well as being a good option in long relief, right handed and all. It's refreshing to see the Twins looking at the available options to them and show confidence in the players that need it.
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      Very surprised here, as I assumed #5 would be one of the three without options. I guess it makes sense considering Deduno hasn't been starting and the other two have stunk up the joint.
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