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Updated: October 8th, 2012 10:17pm
Kyle Gibson heads list of Twins set to begin Arizona Fall League play

Kyle Gibson heads list of Twins set to begin Arizona Fall League play

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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Right-hander Kyle Gibson highlights a group of seven players from the Minnesota Twins system that are set to play in the Arizona Fall League, which opens its schedule on Tuesday.

Gibson will be joined on the Peoria Javelinas roster by outfielders Evan Bigley and Nate Roberts, catcher Chris Herrmann, left-hander Caleb Thielbar and right-handers Michael Tonkin and Logan Darnell.

As he continues to make his return from Tommy John elbow surgery, Gibson is likely to throw between 20 and 30 innings for Peoria, which would bring his total up to around 70 or 80 for the season, including his work at Single-A Fort Myers, Triple-A Rochester and the Florida instructional league.

The Twins haven't determined what Gibson's innings workload will be in 2013, but it's likely he will be given an opportunity to pitch in the major leagues if all continues to go well.

A first round draft pick out of Missouri in 2009, Gibson skyrocketed up the ladder in 2010, posting a 2.96 ERA with 126 strikeouts in 152 innings across three levels, including Rochester. But a slow start in Triple-A kept him out of the big leagues at the start of last season, and it was eventually determined that Gibson had a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Herrmann made his major league debut with the Twins in September when the team called him up as an emergency fourth catcher. He tallied just one hit -- an infield single -- in 18 at-bats. Herrmann did post respectable numbers for Double-A New Britain, hitting .276/.350/.392 with 10 home runs, 25 doubles and solid defense behind the plate.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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