Rochester Red Wings (AAA – International League) right-handed pitcher Kyle Gibson is the Twins Minor League Player of the Week. Gibson pitched a 9 inning complete game shutout on May 8 at Toledo, allowing four hits, walking two and striking out eight on 114 pitches. The 25-year-old was selected by the Twins in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft from the University of Missouri. Gibson, who is 6’6″ and goes about 210 pounds has been ranked in the top 10 of the Twins top prospects list by Baseball America in each of the last four years.
Gibson was limited to 28 innings in 2012 due to “Tommy John” surgery. This season in 7 starts with Rochester, Gibson is 2-4 with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. He has allowed 36 hits in 40.2 innings while striking out 35 and walking 11.
Expectations are high for this Twins prospect and I would expect to see him in the Twins starting rotation no later then late June.
Current Twins minor league standings
Rochester (AAA) – 14-22 and 9 games out in 6th place in the International League North
New Britain (AA) – 20-16 and 2 games out in 2nd place in Easter League East
Ft. Myers (High A) – 27-8 and in first place in Florida State League South
Cedar Rapids (Low A) – 23-10 and in first place in Midwest league West
Combined records 84-56 (.600%)