Gibson finding comfort zone after another good start
MAR 25, 5:30p ET | Abe Winter
Rotowire: Mar 26 / 8:33a ET
News: Gibson gave up one run over six innings with seven strikeouts in Thursday's spring training loss to Tampa Bay. He now has 17 strikeouts in 19.2 innings this spring, for which he credits an improved change-up. "When I'm executing, I can go to it on 2-1, 2-2, 3-2 counts. I think that's going to help me out a lot," he told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Impact: Gibson is having a strong spring, with a 2.75 ERA and reports of increased velocity. The strikeout bump is great to see after he had just a 4.9 K/9 last season. While it's always hard to put too much stock in spring training stats, there are reasons to think Gibson could improve significantly in his second full season in the majors.
Rotowire: Mar 10 / 9:34p ET
News: Gibson gave up one run on three hits in three innings in Tuesday's spring training start with no strikeouts and a walk. Gibson reached 95 mph on his fastball during the start - an increase of more than two mph over what he averaged last season, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: It's just one outing versus a full season average, but his uptick in velocity is worth monitoring since he struggled to miss bats last year. Gibson had a poor strikeout rate last season (4.9 K/9 IP), but he could bounce back since he did average 8.1 K/9 in his career at Triple-A.
Rotowire: Mar 6 / 8:16a ET
News: Gibson gave up one run over two innings with two strikeouts in Thursday's spring training debut. He worked on a new pitch: a changeup to right-handed hitters, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "That's something I've been working on," Gibson said. "Threw a few more curveballs than normal. That's what spring training is for. Throwing those changeups to righties is something you'll probably be seeing me do a lot in spring training."
Impact: Gibson's first full season in the majors was an uneven affair as he had a 1.42 ERA in his 13 wins, but a 11.04 ERA in his 12 losses. Gibson's poor strikeout rate (4.9 K/9 IP) limits his upside, but he could improve in his second season and figuring out another pitch to add to his arsenal could help.