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October 12, 2012 7:33 am

Minor League Update: Games of October 11

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Bradley Ankrom

An excellent outing from Kyle Gibson leads off our coverage of the Arizona Fall League.

Kyle Gibson, RHP, Twins (24) (Peoria): GS, 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K.
Minnesota’s top pick in the 2009 draft out of Missouri, Gibson reached Triple-A in his first full season and was primed to make his big-league debut in 2011 before a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow required Tommy John surgery and knocked him out until the second half of 2012. Gibson returned to make 11 starts across three levels last summer, including a pair of mixed outings at Triple-A Rochester. Optimistic observers see a pitcher who, when healthy, has excellent command of a four-pitch arsenal and the upside of a number-two starter, while doubters downgrade Gibson because he doesn’t own a true strikeout pitch and has proven to be hittable since reaching the upper minors.


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May 7, 2012 7:28 am

Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack

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Kevin Goldstein

Interesting backstories dominate after this weekend's games, with surprise performances, defensive shifts, reclaimed prospect status, disappointing contracts, and accelerated big-league arrivals all on display.

Matt Barnes, RHP, Red Sox (High-A Salem)
Throughout the entire month of April, it was pretty clear that Barnes didn't belong in Low-A, as the 2011 first-round pick allowed just one run over 26 2/3 innings while striking out 42. On Saturday, Barnes showed that he might not belong in High-A either, as he whiffed 12 over six four-hit innings in his Carolina League debut. Just as important as the numbers, Barnes has started to break out the secondary stuff, as after relying primarily on a fastball that can touch 97 in Greenville, he was generating swings and misses with a curveball that has been an inconsistent pitch in the past. His ceiling hasn't changed yet, but his timetable is quickly accelerating.


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June 27, 2011 9:00 am

Future Shock: NL Central Draft Wrap

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Kevin Goldstein

The Astros have one of the worst systems in the majors, but did their 2011 haul help improve their farm?

Chicago Cubs
First Three Rounds
1. (9) Javier Baez, SS, Arlington Country Day HS (FL)
2. (68) Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Bishop Verot HS (FL)
3. (98) Zeke DeVoss, OF, Miami





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