Gibson Signs with Twins

18 Aug

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(Please note that I have made a few grammatical corrections to this blog posting. It was a long, exciting, eventful night, so reading what I wrote last night, this morning, is kind of embarrassing. So again, I have done some editing. For instance, Justin Morneau did not leave last night’s game because he was ‘busy’, but because he was “dizzy!” OK, that error is just kind of funny!)


On Monday night, the Twins signed RHP Tyler Herr. He was the Twins 44th round pick out of Katy, Texas. As good of a signing as that is, you’re not here today to read about Tyler Herr, right?

You’re here to find out more about Kyle Gibson. As you know, Gibson was the Twins first round pick in 2009 out of the University of Missouri. Yesterday, I wrote way too much on this situation. I tried to look at it from Gibson’s perspectives, the Twins perspective, discussed the slot system, and finally gave my opinion of what should happen. A few minutes before last night’s Weekly Minnesota Twins Podcast, I got a text message from Kyle saying he would be happy to be on the podcast for a little bit. If you haven’t listened to it yet, be sure to do so. He appears at about the 13 minute mark of the show. But I encourage you to listen to the whole show. We were also joined by Vic Quick of KOTA-TV in Rapid City, SD. He is a huge Rangers fan, so talking to him about his team made a lot of sense. After the Gibson interview, Cory Hepola, another TV sports man (at WROC-TV) from Rochester, New York, came on and we talked Red Wings baseball. 

It was the third time that Gibson was on the podcast, so be sure to check the Archives for his previous appearances. Although I was completely unprepared, I think it sounds good. Did you know that most of my podcasts are heard by between 25-30 listeners live? (and then many more later throughout the week) Last night’s podcast was listened to live by over 120 people!  

Shortly after the podcast, and minutes before last night’s 11:00 central time deadline, Joe Christenson tweeted that the Twins and Gibson had agreed to their signing bonus. Shortly thereafter, I heard that the actual value was $1.85 million. Think about it. The Twins wanted to give the slot value of $1.3 million. The Gibson side wanted $2.4 million. The mid-point? $1.85 million. In other words, both sides compromised a significant amount and should be congratulated. This is a great thing for the Twins and their fans! The Twins and the Pohlad family were willing to go a little over ½ million over slot.

To answer some questions that I have received a lot already – Gibson will join the Twins and begin pitching in the Instructional League in Ft. Myers in October or November. His forearm is healed but just recently began his throwing program. I would expect him to begin the 2010 season in Ft. Myers, with an opportunity to pitch in the big leagues by 2011 or 2012.

This is a great day for the Twins. Kyle Gibson has been very classy since the Twins drafted him (and probably long before), so it’s great that it worked out between he and the Twins.


Francisco Liriano made the start, gave up three runs in the first inning and four more in the second inning; he came out of the game and went on the Disabled List. What a day! The reason for the Disabled List? Arm Fatigue. In a strange, surprising move, the Twins promoted Philip Humber to the big leagues again. I must admit that I don’t get that move. Without much background, I would have promoted Armando Gabino.  Here are a few notes:

  • Did Bobby Keppel figure something out and make an adjustment? He has been better of late, and in this game, he gave the team 3.1 shutout innings. He gave up just two hits.
  • Jose Mijares went 1.1 scoreless innings. Matt Guerrier gave up a run on two hits in 1/3 of an inning. Brian Duensing, who was named the starter for Thursday’s game earlier in the day, pitched a scoreless ninth inning. It now appears that Anthony Swarzak will make the start on Thursday.
  • Joe Mauer continues to be very good at playing baseball. In this game, he had a single, his 21st double and his 23rd home run. The man also stole a base.
  • Justin Morneau left the game early as he was busy.
  • Nick Punto and Delmon Young each went 1-3 and drove in two runs. Young hit his eighth double.
  • Tonight, the Twins will send Carl Pavano to the mound against Scott Feldman.      


Monday – Hitter of the Day – Anderson Hidalgo, Elizabethton Twins

Monday – Pitcher of the Day – Michael Tonkin, GCL Twins


Monday – Rochester 5, Syracuse 16 – The Red Wings had a 5-4 lead heading into the top of the 9th inning. Anthony Slama was in for his second inning of relief. Slama got the first two outs of the inning, but not before he gave up five runs on four hits and three walks. Rob Delaney came in and gave up six runs on five hits and a walk, and he didn’t record an out. Jason Jones got the final out, but not before giving up a home run. The 12 run ninth inning gave the team a big loss. Kevin Mulvey started and gave up four unearned runs on seven hits and two walks in seven innings. Justin Huber went 3-4 with his 18th walk. Drew Butera went 2-4 with his 13th double and two RBI. Trevor Plouffe went 2-5 with his ninth home run. He also had three errors in the game.  


Monday – New Britain – No Games Scheduled in the Eastern League.  


Monday – Ft. Myers 4, Palm Beach 6 Michael Tarsi gave up five runs on seven hits. He walked none and struck out seven. Michael Allen gave up one run on three hits in 1.2 innings. He struck out two. Estarlin de Los Santos, Ben Revere, Evan Bigley and Joe Benson each went 2-4. Bigley drove in two runs.    


Monday – Beloit 2, Wisconsin 8 Brad Tippett had an unusual (for him) rough start. He gave up seven runs (6 earned) on seven hits. He did not record a walk or a strikeout. Winston Marquez struck out five in three one-hit innings. Brad Stillings gave up one run on two hits over two innings. James Beresford and Aaron Hicks each went 2-5.  


Monday – Elizabethton 9, Danville 5 Anderson Hidalgo hit his 11th double and fifth home run and drove in three runs. Dan Rohlfing hit his first home run and drove in three runs. Michael Gonzalez went 2-4 with his tenth double. Edgar Ibarra improved to 5-2. He gave up one run on five hits. He walked two and struck out three in five innings. Kane Holbrooks gave up three unearned runs on two hits and a walk in 0.2 innings. Tony Davis gave up a run on three hits and two walks in three innings. Dakota Watts recorded his first save by getting the final out.  


Monday – GCL Twins 2, GCL Rays 1 Michael Tonkin improved to 3-3 with six strong innings. He gave up one unearned runs on four hits. He walked none and struck out six hitters. Andrei Lobanov recorded his seventh save with a perfect inning. Hyeong-rok Choi hit his third and fourth doubles. In Kyun Kang hit his first home run.  

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19 Responses to “Gibson Signs with Twins”

  1. Funkytown August 18, 2009 at 5:49 am #

    Lirano’s mechanics were awful. Tired arm? more like tired of stinkng up the joint. Just doesn’t have the confidence.

  2. Dome Dog August 18, 2009 at 7:21 am #

    Hey, at least Liriano is commited to playing for the team. According to what Seth wrote, Morneau quit on the team yesterday because he was too “busy” : )

  3. Topper August 18, 2009 at 7:32 am #

    Yes, I do like that note. “busy” certainly does rhyme with “dizzy” but packs a little more pizzazz

  4. TT August 18, 2009 at 7:33 am #

    Seth – you have Morneau as “too busy”, I think it should be dizzy.

    This is where the value of a veteran starter like Pavano has an impact. He should give the Twins 6+ innings and not hammer the bullpen again.

    Humber is an interesting move since he isn’t on the 40 player roster. But Mulvey, Dickey and Gabino just made starts and Humber was scheduled for today.
    Any word on whose roster spot Humber took?

  5. Tim August 18, 2009 at 8:13 am #

    Seth, any idea where you would put Gibson in your top prospect list? (Even without throwing a single pitch in the minors).

  6. Dome Dog August 18, 2009 at 8:25 am #

    Trade Joe Mauer…I think he is the ideal “sell high” candidate 🙂

    I also was too “busy” yesterday to bother watching the game. I have something in common with an American League MVP!!

  7. Seth August 18, 2009 at 9:24 am #

    Wow!! yesterday was a long day, and last night was a crazy, exciting, eventful night. I actually fell asleep typing last night, so Editing is a good thing!! The Busy/Dizzy thing is just kind of funny… The fact that I started one paragraph and just stopped, not as funny… But it was a good day.

  8. gobbledygookguy August 18, 2009 at 9:32 am #

    i don’t know about being congratulated. this front office has let our minor league system fall from a top 10 yr after yr to now mid 20’s. poor drafting, drafting the cheaper player and all this while having a core group of very good players, 2 cy youngs, an mvp, 2 batting titles, gold gloves and a failure to surround these guys with the talent to take the next step. now it has imploded into a mess, with the manager lost, possibly the worst body language on the bench i’ve ever seen. finger pointing and trashing players on a nightly basis. nothing to congratulate with this bunch. they need a new gm and staff and a new coaching staff of all out siders. imho.
    this is now 3 full years of mediocre baseball!!

  9. rosterman August 18, 2009 at 9:50 am #

    Humber is back. Well, the Twins aren’t going to give up on this piece of the Santana trade, that’s fer sure. Humber can revitalize his status and, again, fight for a spot with the Twins next spring (or be tradebait rather than just cut loose by the team), so, in reality, the move might be a good one…depending on what real prospect he may keep off the 40-man.

    Was surprised that Gabino wasn’t called up. He just started a game (his third, I believe) and he better get a decent shot with the Twins. Considering Rochester only ash a dozen games left, it really isn’t worthwhile to demote anyone down there (Swarzak) for a couple of weeks just to get a headstart look at another player…or is it?

    Not to knock it, but something has to be done about the riches awarded draft picks. The Twins did pretty good, actually, for a pitcher (barring injury) who could easily join the rotation in 2011 (or, as some people said…how about Tuesday!).

  10. mike wants wins August 18, 2009 at 9:57 am #

    Did they call up Humber and leave better pitchers down there to help out Rochester and their fans? There is no excuse for Humber to be up here over others, based on talent, ability, and performance.

  11. roger August 18, 2009 at 10:10 am #

    Seth, is interesting as the Twins now have 41 players (not counting 60-day disabled list) on their 40-man roster. Someone had to have been waived/optioned/something. Will be interesting to see who it is.

    With their need to add 6-7-8 players later this fall, there is going to be a lot of players turned loose at some point. Also a bit surprised about Humber, although he has been pitching better last several times out.

    • Nils August 18, 2009 at 10:22 am #

      now or never on humber

  12. DH in Philly August 18, 2009 at 10:27 am #

    Twins signed all ten of their top ten draft picks and 15 of their top 18. Why didn’t they sign more? They are cheap! I hear the scouts have bad body language. That’s why we didn’t sign more draft picks. .

  13. mnbaseball August 18, 2009 at 10:30 am #


    I’m as frustrated as you are about how the team is performing as of late, its no fun to watch your team take a beating night after night, especially when you have a few players putting up career-high numbers in Mauer, Morneau, and Kubel. The pitching staff has been worse than ugly as of late, and honestly it can’t be fun for any baseball fan to watch, much less any Twins fan.

    However, bringing in a “a new gm and staff and a new coaching staff of all out siders” is most definitely not the way to go. You’re basically saying that they need to scrap the current program and start fresh. That takes years to build, and we would suffer lumps bigger than the ones in the past couple weeks. We also have to remember what the Twins are working with (limited money for payroll, smaller market, etc…)

    I’m glad Liriano is spending time on the DL, if nothing more than to clear his head. We saw from his performance against the Royals (yes, i realize it was the Royals, but still…) that he physically still has the ability to get batters out.

    Bad pitchers fail to get batters out on a consistent basis.

  14. roger August 18, 2009 at 10:51 am #

    Seth, any word on their signing any of the other guys they were still negotiating with? Or did they cut it off when it looked like they were going to get Gibson? Other than Herr that is, and at #44 he probably only got a few thousand $$$.

  15. Funkytown August 18, 2009 at 10:51 am #

    And Brett Favre is signing with the Vikes. September got more interesting, besides the parade of kids that’ll be coming up.

  16. thrylos98 August 18, 2009 at 12:34 pm #


    great job with the podcast last night. Super to hear from Kyle Gibson. He seems like a guy who is eager to communicate with the fans.

    • jojo August 18, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

      yeah, i agree. its always fun when you have a player who will reach out to the fans like that, especially within hours of the biggest decision of his life. Seems like a great kid!

  17. mike wants wins August 18, 2009 at 2:34 pm #

    Was on live during the Gibson talk. Thanks for hosting this Seth. I hope he keeps coming around your way….

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