ARLINGTON -- The buzz around the Twins on Thursday came on the Minor League front, where right-hander Kyle Gibson will start Saturday for Triple-A Rochester. He is expected to throw 60 to 65 pitches.
Gibson, the Twins' first-round pick in 2009, will pitch at his highest level since having Tommy John surgery in September. He has made nine starts this summer between the Twins' Rookie League team and Class A Fort Myers, putting together a 2.49 ERA in 21 2/3 innings.
The plan is for Gibson to pitch for the Red Wings for the last two weeks of the season, and then potentially the playoffs. After that, the hope is for him to throw in the Florida Instructional League and then the Arizona Fall League.
"We want to try to get him as many innings as we can," said Twins assistant general manager Ron Antony.
Antony said Gibson, not currently on the 40-man roster, is a candidate to pitch in Major League camp in Spring Training next year, if all goes well with his progress.
"We're going to be looking for pitching," Antony said.