Although he had a rough MLB debut in 2013,
"Last year, coming off Tommy John (surgery), we were worried so much about innings with him, and justifiably so," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said about shutting Gibson down after throwing 152 2/3 innings last season. "This year he's got an opportunity to make this club and the rotation. It will be a competitive situation with him and a number of other guys.
"He's in good standing. He's healthy. He got through the year 100 percent healthy for the most part. Innings shouldn't be that big of an issue this year. I don't think we have diminished our faith that he's going to be a good pitcher for us for years to come. We have high hopes for Kyle. Hopefully he'll respond and (justify) many of those things we have thought about his potential."
Gibson threw 152 2/3 innings between Minnesota and Triple-A Rochester. Gibson struggled in the majors, as he gave up a 6.53 ERA with 29 strikeouts against 20 walks in 51 innings. He was excellent in the minors, however, as he posted a 2.92 ERA with 87 strikeouts in 101 2/3 innings. He'll compete for a rotation spot next season.
"It comes down to command. He knew it," Gardenhire said. "He has good stuff, but has to get the command down. He was erratic."
Gardenhire added part of the reason for the demotion was to protect Gibson since he's a big part of the team's future.
"He was frustrated up here, and we don't want him to go through that," Gardenhire said. "He'll be a big part of our rotation next year."
Gibson allowed 10 hits over just 3 2/3 innings in the defeat. He gave up four runs, walked two and struck out two. The 25-year-old rookie has gone 2-4 this season with a 6.53 ERA for the Twins.
Gibson gave up 10 hits in just 3 2/3 innings. He allowed four earned runs. Gibson walked two and struck out two during the contest. His ERA is now 6.53. The loss dropped Gibson to 2-4.
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|2010||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||4||1||1.88||7||7||1||1||0||43.0||33||11||9||2||2||12||40|
|2010||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||0||0||1.80||3||3||0||0||0||15.0||12||5||3||0||1||5||9|
|2010||AA-New Britain Rock Cat||7||5||3.68||16||16||1||0||0||93.0||91||39||38||5||4||22||77|
|2011||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||3||8||4.83||18||18||0||0||0||95.0||109||57||51||11||1||27||91|
|2012||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||0||0||2.57||2||2||0||0||0||7.0||6||2||2||1||1||1||7|
|2012||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||0||2||9.45||2||2||0||0||0||6.2||11||7||7||1||0||1||10|
|2013||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||7||5||2.92||17||17||2||2||0||101.2||85||36||33||5||0||33||87|
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