|Kyle Gibson is an|
of the future --
or so the Twins
It's not sitting any better now than it did on Monday night, frankly. Terry Ryan has been known to chafe at the image of the Twins organization ignoring statistical analysis, but this is exactly the kind of thing that feeds that image. If the Twins really do have serious number-crunchers on the baseball side, they are, at least on this signing, either (a) incompetent or (b) ignored.
Still, it's done. Which sets the Twins up with this rotation:
- Scott Diamond
- Vance Worley
- Kevin Correia
- Kyle Gibson
One can flip Diamond and Worley if one wishes; I'm giving Diamond the nod on squatter's rights. Neither really belongs at the head of a major league rotation, but they're the two best the Twins have.
I put Gibson five because he's the guy who's going to have his slot skipped if possible. Ryan has already indicated that Gibson will be limited to 120-140 innings in 2013, majors and minors.
Phil Mackey of ESPN1500 keeps saying that the Twins should avoid the Stephen Strasburg dilemma, in which the Nationals ran out of innings for their best starter and rehab project in September and didn't have him available for the playoffs. Nonsense.
It would be silly for the Twins to save Gibson's innings for October, or even September; the Twins aren't particularly likely to be in the playoffs, or even in the hunt. Gibson needs to use the innings to continue his rehab from Tommy John surgery. It would be malpractice for them to end the season with Gibson at 100 innings so that he's available for the playoffs.
If he runs out of innings in August, fine. Even if everything goes right for the Twins and they do turn out to be a serious contender and Gibson runs out of innings in August, so be it. Whether or not it's rebuilding year for the Twins, it is definitely a rehabbing year for Gibson.