Like Al Melchior said on Wednesday's Fantasy Baseball Today, Gibson doesn't have much left to prove in the minors. He's no Kevin Gausman or even Zack Wheeler, but in leagues where the next big thing is inevitably the next hot claim, perhaps now is the time to make a move for him.
The Twins were considering three pitchers for Friday's start, and chose Samuel Deduno. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Gibson will eventually pitch in the rotation this year, but now wasn't the time. Gibson has a 3.25 ERA through nine Triple-A starts this season.
Gardenhire said it will either be
Gibson has been dominant in the minors lately but Walters and Deduno have more major league experience at this time.
Gibson took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of his last start Sunday against Lehigh Valley. He finished with his second complete-game shutout in his last three starts and would be on regular rest to start Friday.
"I was forcing the action and making them swing the bat early," Gibson told MLB.com. "I felt pretty good there toward the end."
Gibson improved to 3-5 with a 3.25 ERA and .240 opponents' batting average in nine starts. He has 46 strikeouts, with 14 walks and two home runs allowed.
"He was really attacking hitters and mixing his speed," catcher Eric Fryer said. "All the hitters he faced, he only fell behind a couple times. His sinker today was probably the pitch that was the key to the game. They were really beating that into the ground. He doesn't have to work too hard when it's working like that."
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|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|