Stites continued that success in the Fall League, posting a 3.21 ERA in 12 games with 15 strikeouts in 14 innings.♦ Another Mizzou Baseball pitching alum was watched closely in the AFL: Gibson's health passes key test in Fall League (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
"He's just been very consistent from the day he put on a uniform," [Padres GM Randy] Smith said. "He's got three pitches for a short reliever, and he throws strikes. He's got good stuff and throws it over the plate. His fastball is good and the slider and changeup are also good. He just needs to use them a little more."
Stites has what Smith calls a "plus-plus fastball," a pitch that typically sits between 93 and 95 mph. He touched 99 mph during the regular season.
Twins General Manager Terry Ryan said Gibson will be back in big-league camp next spring, just as the righthander was in 2011 before injuring his elbow that year at Class AAA Rochester.Click HERE to read our end-of-season Missouri Baseball in the Minors comprehensive review, including updated complete Arizona Fall League Stats for Stites, Gibson, and Tyler Clark..
"I'm pleased that he's healthy," Ryan said. "That was the whole objective, to get him back on the mound and get him some work. We're pleased to get him up around 70-80 innings [cumulative, for the year]."