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Kyle Gibson (Photo: University of Missouri)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Kyle Gibson
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:University of Missouri
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Birthdate:10/23/87
Height:6'6"
Weight:208 lbs.
Bats:Right
Throws:Right
Report Date:02/26/09
Game:Arizona State


Focus Area
Comments
Fastball:Gibson's fastball sat comfortably in the 91-92 mph range and topped out at 93 mph.
Fastball movement:It had above-average sink, down in the zone. There wasn't much side-to-side movement.
Slider:He threw a hard, down slider in the 81-84 mph range.
Changeup:An above-average offering, he threw it a lot, in the 80-82 mph range.
Control:He had above-average command of all three pitches.
Poise:Kept his cool as others lost their heads in a dispute. Showed a competitive streak when he hit an opposing player with a purpose pitch.
Physical Description:Gibson is tall and skinny, walking the fine line between projectability and being too narrow-framed.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:A complete package of stuff, command and poise. He can throw all of his pitches for strikes at any point in the count.
Weaknesses: The breaking ball isn't quite as consistent as the fastball and change. His frame might be a little too narrow.
Summary:Gibson certainly looked the part of a top college starter in the early part of the season. He has three pitches he can throw for strikes in any count and he shows a lot of poise and a competitive streak on the mound. Scouts love his size at 6-foot-6, though some might worry he's a little too thin. Most look at his combination of stuff, command and mound presence and see a sure-fire first-round pick.