Twins GM Bill Smith announced today that top pitching prospect Kyle Gibson will undergo Tommy John Surgery on September 7th. This news should not shock Twins fans as weeks ago we learned that this was a real possibility but now it’s official.
It is no secret that the Twins planned on Gibson being a part of the big league club next year, possibly in the starting rotation. Had he not gotten injured this season, with the inconsistency of the starting rotation it is certain he would have had a very good shot at making next years rotation.
I for one was very excited to watch him pitch this year. He would have been called up this month with the rest of the September call ups, even with the Twins out of the race for a playoff spot it would have been very fun to watch. Gibson was the Twins’ first round pick (22nd overall) in the 2009 MLB Amateur Player Draft out of Missouri.
Gibson impressed everyone during Spring Training this year. Gardenhire and Rick Anderson raved about his presence on the mound and the movement on his pitches. From all accounts, he was well above his years in knowledge. Gibson pitched 95.1 innings in AAA this year and posted a 4.81 ERA, 8.6 K/9 and a 1.427 WHIP. Those numbers are not great but you have to remember he was pitching with an injured elbow most of the season.
This news is not unexpected but it is very devastating to the Twins. In a season where almost everything has seemed to go wrong, now this gets thrown in Gibson will miss all of the 2012 season and hopefully will return in 2013. We have seen in the past with Francisco Liriano that it can take a couple of years before a pitcher is back to form after Tommy John Surgery. I wish Kyle Gibson all the best in his recovery, the Twins’ off season just got a little bit tougher.