Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mizzou Baseball in the Minors: Arizona Fall League

Gibson causing giddiness (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
The former first-round draft pick, ranked by Baseball America as the game's 34th-best prospect before a 2011 season that saw him tear his UCL, turned in another sterling performance in the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday, allowing just one run on six hits over five innings while striking out eight and walking none. In two starts for the Peoria Javelinas, the right-hander is now 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA and 16-to-0 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 10 innings. Those are fantastic numbers in a traditionally hitter-friendly league.

Combining his AFL performance with his three-level minor-league rehab stint that stretched from July to September this season, Gibson has tallied 49 strikeouts and six walks in 38 1/3 innings since returning to pitching competitively about nine months after surgery.
Top prospect Kyle Gibson continues to dominate Fall League (ESPN 1500)
Per Pitch F/X data, Gibson's fastball sat mostly between 93 and 95 miles per hour. Seven of his eight strikeouts came via off-speed pitches.

According to one baseball person in attendance, "His off-speed worked for him today when he kept it down in the zone, and plenty of hitters were chasing balls in the dirt. Another decent outing against, in my opinion, one of the better hitting clubs in the league this year."
Tyler Clark gets shelled (Motor City Bengals)
Tyler Clark (1.0 IP, 27.00 ERA, 8 TBF, 25 K%, 38 BB%, 0 HR%)

Clark was the first reliever out of the pen for Mesa, but he didn’t have a good outing. He did strike out two hitters, but also allowed three runs on two hits and three walks.

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