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Updated: October 16th, 2012 6:16pm
Top prospect Kyle Gibson continues to dominate the Arizona Fall League

Top prospect Kyle Gibson continues to dominate the Arizona Fall League

by Phil Mackey
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Minnesota Twins top pitching prospect Kyle Gibson followed an impressive Arizona Fall League debut last Thursday with another gem on Monday, holding the Mesa Solar Sox to one run on six hits in five innings.

Pitching for the Peoria Javelinas, the 24-year-old Gibson struck out eight, walked zero and threw 49 of his 66 pitches for strikes. All five of the batted-ball outs off Gibson were groundballs.

Per Pitch F/X data, Gibson's fastball sat mostly between 93 and 95 miles per hour. Seven of his eight strikeouts came via off-speed pitches.

According to one baseball person in attendance, "His off-speed worked for him today when he kept it down in the zone, and plenty of hitters were chasing balls in the dirt. Another decent outing against, in my opinion, one of the better hitting clubs in the league this year."

Two of the six hits allowed by Gibson "are plays that get made a majority of the time in the bigs."

Mesa's lineup included Nick Castellanos, who is rated by as the No. 10 prospect overall and No. 1 in the Detroit Tigers system. Castellanos doubled off Gibson in the fourth inning.

Chris Herrmann played left field for Peoria, going 1-for-3 with a single and a run. Nate Roberts played right field and narrowly missed a home run, hitting a ball off the top of the left-field wall for a double.

In Gibson's fall debut last week, he held Phoenix scoreless on four hits over five innings, striking out eight and walking nobody. Overall, Gibson has allowed one run in 10 fall innings, striking out 16 and walking nobody.

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