Wednesday, January 30, 2013

HI NOTES: Tigers on Deck, Future Stars, Gibby Gallery, Low Tide

Be sure to check out  TIGERS ON DECK,
the MU Baseball student fan group, on Facebook!

Mizzou Students: Join Tigers on Deck (
Notable Tigers on Deck Promotions This Season
- Pregame Tailgate featuring games, music, free food and drink and Tiger Crew meet-and-greets.

Pregame tailgates will be featured for the following games
- March 1 vs. Northwestern - Mizzou Home Opener
- March 15 vs. #7 South Carolina - Mizzou SEC Opener
- March 30 vs. #10 LSU - Mizzou's First-Ever Televised Home SEC Game
- April 19 vs. #17 Florida
- May 17 vs. #11 Kentucky - Come honor the Tiger seniors
- Prize Drawings Every Weekend
- Free Hot Chocolate for TOD Members
- Free Admission and VIP seating with other TOD members at every game
- Tiger Crew Meet-and-Greets before every Sunday game

♦ If you needed any further motivation to be a College Baseball fan, scroll through the names and faces of's 2013 Top 100 Prospects.  You'll see Mizzou's own Kyle Gibson check in at #49,but you'll also see many names college ball fans will recognize from the past few years, including Texas A&M's Michael "OwnedByMizzou" Wacha.
Gibson came out of Missouri and did as expected, moving quickly through the Twins system. He was on the brink of being big-league ready when he needed Tommy John surgery late in 2011. The big right-hander did return in 2012 and shook off the rust, starting the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game and showing, at least in glimpses, that his stuff was back. That repertoire includes an above-average fastball with sink and an outstanding sinking changeup. His slider gives him a third above-average offering. When he's right, he keeps the ball down in the zone from a downhill plane, inducing many groundballs. Now putting the surgery in his rearview mirror, Gibson should get the chance to help out in Minnesota very soon.

Prospect Uniformed: Twins Righty Starter Kyle Gibson in Every Minor League
Jersey He’s Worn (MLB Prospective)
How about June 2009, when Minnesota made the 6-foot-6-inch right-hander the 22nd overall selection the Draft? In the four years since, Gibson has pitched for three Minor League teams (not counting the Gulf Coast League Twins, whom he rehabbed with briefly this past year) and one in the Arizona Fall League. I expect him to return to Triple-A Rochester this spring but wouldn’t be surprised to see him north-bound by summer. Here is a gallery of Gibson, in every uni he’s donned to date. Click on any picture to begin the slideshow.

Team Speed Kills begins their 2013 SEC Baseball Preview with We've Found the Sport at Which Alabama's Not Great
...This is not a super-young team -- though there is a lot of youth here -- but it is a somewhat inexperienced one, having lost 224 position starts while returning 271. But most of the focus has to come back to the pitching. If the Tide can tighten that up, they can probably wrangle an invitation to Hoover, but a trip to the NCAAs still seems to be asking a bit much for now.


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