With his innings limit reached, Kyle Gibson shut down for rest of year
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Kyle Gibson is done for the season.
Confirming what was expected since Gibson was demoted to Triple-A Rochester on Aug. 19, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the right-hander is "done with innings," according to Pioneer Press beat reporter Mike Berardino.
Kyle Gibson is "done with innings" Gardy said. Figured as much, but that makes it official after 152 2/3 IP combined in 2013— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) September 2, 2013
He threw a combined 152 2/3 innings this season including his minor league totals. He had Tommy John surgery in September 2011.
Gibson, 25, struggled mightily in his introduction to pro ball this season. Once a top echelon prospect, Gibson has battled arm injuries since before he was drafted.
He started 10 games for the Twins this season with a 6.53 ERA in 51 innings. That innings mark means he won't be a rookie when he returns next season, but with those numbers he wouldn't have been in the conversation for Rookie of the Year anyway.
In those 51 innings, Gibson allowed 69 hits and walked 20 batters, for a WHIP of 1.75, which is awful. He averaged 5.1 strikeouts for every nine innings he pitches, and 3.5 walks per nine innings. Both are poor rate when taken individually, but collectively they're even more concerning peripheral numbers.
He'll be 26 in spring training next season, so this isn't to say he can't still be a good pitcher for the Twins - he'll likely be given a good opportunity to earn a starting rotation spot next season. But it would be unfair to cast his 2013 performance as anything but a disappointment.