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Kyle Gibson
Birthdate: 10/23/1987 (29 y, 5 m, 7 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-6/215     Position: P
Drafted: 2009 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 22, Overall: 22, Team: Minnesota Twins
Contract: $2.9M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Gibson threw six scoreless innings with four strikeouts in Sunday's loss to Boston to lower his spring training ERA to 1.59. Gibson will make a minor league spring start Friday and then start Minnesota's third game of the regular season on April 6, MLB.com reports. (3/26/2017)
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Profile: You scan the movement and velocity numbers for Gibson, and you see a whole bunch of average. It can be compelling at first to notice that he has (basically) average movement and velocity on a sinker, changeup, and slider for his career; it can be especially compelling when you notice that the change, slider, curve and sinker all have average or better results when it comes to whiffs and grounders. Since he actually has better than average whiff rates on the slider, curve, and change, I've always called for fewer fastballs when predicting a breakout for Gibson. The problem is... his fastball might be his best pitch, and it's dropped to below average velocity over time. The more he's thrown his other pitches -- aalast year saw a career-low in fastballs -- the worse his results have gotten. I mean, sure, he's added some strikeouts along the way, but it hasn't been enough to offset the drop in grounders and the increase in homers. Now add in injury risk, since the Tommy John survivor lost time in 2016 due to a sore shoulder. Gibson still has four decent pitches, but it really looks like it all adds up to just being average. His career FIP is 4% worse than league average, and we've got 572.1 innings on the 29-year-old. Maybe he puts it together and is slightly better than average next year. That sort of reward, coupled with this kind of risk, should really only be interesting on the cheapest prices in the deepest leagues at this point. (Eno Sarris)

The Quick Opinion: The velocity has dropped off along the way, and now Gibson is just an average-ish pitcher with a collection of average-ish pitches. It's an okay outcome in the real world, but it's not enough for most fantasy leagues.

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Kyle Gibson Pitch% vs All Batters
Season: 2016-04-06 to 2016-09-29 | Count: All Counts | Total Pitches: 2452 | View: Pitcher
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