Gibson with the Minnesota Twins in 2016
|Minnesota Twins - No. 44|
Born: October 23, 1987|
|June 29, 2013, for the Minnesota Twins|
|MLB statistics |
(through August 11, 2018)
|Earned run average||4.49|
|Representing United States|
|World University Championship|
Kyle Benjamin Gibson (born October 23, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball. In 2011, he was considered one of the top prospects in baseball.
Gibson transferred to Greenfield-Central High School from Cathedral High School between his freshman and sophomore years. He was ruled ineligible for varsity baseball by the IHSAA for his sophomore year due to the transfer. During his junior year, he was 7-2 and led the Cougars to a sectional championship and to the regional finals. In his senior year, he was 8-6 with a 0.98 ERA and 140 strikeouts. He led Greenfield to the Elite Eight by pitching all of his team's tournament games. He was named the Hancock County Player of the Year after his senior year. He was also named to the Indianapolis Star All-East team in both his junior and senior years. After his senior year, he was named All-East Player of the Year and made the Indiana All-Star Team.
Following his senior year, he was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 36th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft but chose to attend the University of Missouri, where he played for the Missouri Tigers baseball team.
Prior to the 2010 season, Gibson was rated the number 61 overall prospect by Baseball America. In 2010, he started the year with the class A Fort Myers Miracle then was called up to the class AA New Britain Rock Cats. On August 13 Gibson was promoted to the class AAA Rochester Red Wings.
Gibson spent the 2011 season with the Red Wings but after 18 starts, was sidelined with a sore elbow, ultimately resulting in his undergoing Tommy John surgery on November 7, 2011. Gibson returned in late 2012, starting two games for the Red Wings and six more in the Arizona Fall League.
Gibson made his major league debut on June 29, 2013, against the Kansas City Royals. He pitched six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, walking none and striking out five while also picking up his first major league win. Gibson wound up with a 6.53 ERA in 10 starts for the Twins.
For the 2014 season, Gibson was a mainstay in the Twins rotation, contributing 13 wins in 31 starts for Minnesota. His ERA was 4.47, second to Phil Hughes on the starting staff. The following year, Gibson improved his numbers overall from 2014. He led the team in innings, in wins and bettered his ERA from 4.47 to 3.84 in 2015.
After suffering a right shoulder strain early in 2016, he remained a part of the Twins' rotation but saw a dip in the quality of his numbers. Starting in 25 games that year, he had an ERA of 5.07 and batters hit over .290 against him. He compiled the same ERA in 2017, but with 12 wins, and hitters again hit over .290 against him. In 2018, he entered the Twins' rotation again and started achieving a career-high strikeout rate than before -- as of June 2018, he had struck out 66 batters in just 63 innings.