Minnesota Twins’ Right handed pitcher Kyle Gibson will make a start Saturday afternoon against the Boston Red Sox. It will be an important start for Gibson as he vies for the fifth spot in the Twins’ starting rotation. Obviously a player cannot earn or lose a spot based on one start, but he must continue to show that he can be a steadying hand at the back end of their rotation.
Although it’s early in spring training, Pitchers competing for the big league club must seize their limited opportunities. The long time prospect desperately wants to break camp with the club after a roller-coaster start to his career. Gibson skyrocketed through the Twins’ farm system in 2011, his first year with the organization. Reaching AAA at the end of his first season, the 22 year-old he had a very successful first year of professional baseball going 11-6 with a 2.96 ERA.
In his second year, expectations were high for the young righty, and there were murmurings that Twins fans may see their future ace at Target Field before the year’s end. Instead, 2011 was a disaster for Gibson. He went 3-8 with a 4.81 ERA in AAA and underwent Tommy John surgery.
2012 served as a rehab year for the 24 year-old who is hoping to make the big league roster out of spring training. So far, so good for Gibson who pitched two innings of scoreless ball last week. He is one of several MLB hopefuls this year in Twins’ camp as the team has several spots up for grabs. A strong start Saturday could go a long way for his campaign to be the squad’s fifth starter. The Twins have several solid young arms. Pitchers they hope will assemble a formidable starting rotation in the near future.