Monday, April 8, 2013

Mizzou Baseball in the Majors: Call Me Maybe





Twins await arrival of pitcher Gibson (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
When Kyle Gibson failed to win a job in spring training, it wasn’t viewed as a failure.

Gibson was cut in mid-March after a couple of shaky outings, minor matters in the grand scheme of things, given his talent level.

No one in Twins camp thinks Gibson will need much time to be ready for the majors. When he’s ready, he’ll quickly be summoned to the big leagues, because he will be a distinct upgrade to their rotation — with the chance to be a dominant starter.

“I think the world of that guy,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He’s got great stuff. We had a hard time getting a catcher that could catch him. His ball was moving so much, with an angle.”...
Waiting in the Wings (FakeTeams.com)
...He's likely to be the Twins best starter from the moment he gets called up, and I'd argue that he deserves to be in the rotation as of this writing. The reason he's not? The Twins can more adequately monitor and distribute his workload in the minors than they would be able to in the majors, where "winning is more of a priority" if you can believe that.

Gibson can run his fastball up into the mid 90s but will generally sit in the lower 90s. His fastball could be described as heavy, and it's a real wormburner. He gets good movement on it and demonstrates strong command of the pitch...
Sports Buzz: Brock Bond (on way to Grizzlies?) wins Harry S. Jordan Award in Giants camp (Fresno Bee)
Brock Bond likely won’t make the San Francisco Giants’ opening day roster, but the 27-year-old infielder was recognized for his effort Tuesday.

Bond is this year’s winner of the Harry S. Jordan Award, given annually during spring training to the player who makes the biggest impression during his first major-league camp. The award is voted by Giants players, coaches and training staff.

During six minor-league seasons, the last three with the Fresno Grizzlies, Bond owns a career batting average of .313 with a .410 on-base percentage. This spring, he hit .435 (10 for 23) with two home runs in 13 Cactus League games.

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