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Kyle Gibson finished the 2017 season strong and the Minnesota Twins will need him to continue that success. The rotation will miss Ervin Santana to start the season and Gibson will have to help fill the void.
Gibson has not had a lot of success throughout his MLB career. However, over his last 11 starts of the ’17 season Gibson pitched like the pitcher the Twins thought he would be.
He pitched 63 1/3 innings with a 3.55 ERA during that span, and was a catalyst in helping Minnesota reach the postseason. Gibson had 58 strikeouts and only 15 walks down the stretch and if he can continue pitching that effectively the Twins will be in great shape.
For his career, Gibson is 44-48 with a 4.70 ERA in 730 1/3 innings pitched. Every season he improves a little bit and this could be the year he puts it all together. He limits his walks and has a chance to be a solid middle of the rotation type of pitcher.
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What to expect from Gibson in 2018
Gibson has the look of a pitcher who has finally figured it out. Minnesota will need him to be effective to help take the pressure off of Jose Berrios and Jake Odorizzi early this season. When Santana returns from his injury the Minnesota Twins have the potential to have an above average rotation.
Minnesota has high hopes for this season and it all begins with the pitching. Gibson has shown improved control over the last few seasons and that will continue during the ’18 season. He will win double-digit games this season if he can stay healthy and Minnesota will benefit greatly from having him.
Odorizzi, Berrios, and Santana will get most of the publicity for the Twins. However, Gibson will be the pitcher that makes this season a success or not. Gibson’s continued effectiveness will enable Minnesota to keep their top two pitching prospects in the Minors.
Fernando Romero and Stephen Gonsalves are the future for the Mimnesota Twins, and could use more seasoning in the Minors. Gibson and the rest of the rotation need to get the job done so that can happen. The future is bright in the Twin Cities and it all begins with the upcoming season.
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