Kyle Gibson
Kyle Gibson
33-Year-Old PitcherSP
Texas Rangers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Gibson signed a three-year, $28 million deal with the Rangers last winter. The Rangers were careful with Gibson early on in the spring after a bout with ulcerative colitis resulted in the right-hander losing strength during the 2019 season, his last with the Twins. The delay to the 2020 campaign afforded Gibson extra time, but even so his first season with Texas was one to forget, and the long ball in particular was a problem. The right-hander deserves credit for his durability over the years, but the volume can only carry his fantasy value so far. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $28 million contract with the Rangers in November of 2019.
Pitches eight shutout innings
PTexas Rangers
April 18, 2021
Gibson allowed only four hits over eight shutout innings and struck out six in a no-decision versus the Orioles on Sunday.
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Gibson has allowed just two runs (one earned) over his last 21 innings spanning three starts. Unfortunately for Gibson, the Rangers' bats couldn't muster any runs off Orioles starter John Means. The 33-year-old Gibson has a 2.53 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 18:6 K:BB across 21.1 innings this season, and he's been difficult to hit outside of a rough season opener. The right-hander is scheduled to make his next start Saturday versus the White Sox.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
74
Last 10 Games
74
Last 5 Games
74
How many pitches does Kyle Gibson generally throw?
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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41-50
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Kyle Gibson generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
Even Split
2021
 
 
-36%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .273 526 97 43 128 19 4 18
Since 2019vs Right .272 551 136 48 135 25 2 17
2021vs Left .175 42 8 2 7 2 0 0
2021vs Right .275 45 10 4 11 3 0 0
2020vs Left .265 129 18 12 30 3 1 7
2020vs Right .294 155 37 17 40 6 1 5
2019vs Left .288 355 71 29 91 14 3 11
2019vs Right .262 351 89 27 84 16 1 12
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-7%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-32%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 5.06 1.37 128.0 9 9 0 8.2 3.3 1.3
Since 2019Away 4.71 1.53 114.2 8 4 0 9.1 3.5 1.3
2021Home 0.00 0.79 14.0 1 0 0 9.0 0.6 0.0
2021Away 7.36 1.77 7.1 1 0 0 4.9 6.1 0.0
2020Home 7.18 1.82 26.1 0 5 0 7.9 4.4 2.7
2020Away 4.89 1.37 35.0 2 1 0 8.0 4.1 1.0
2019Home 5.24 1.32 87.2 8 4 0 8.1 3.4 1.0
2019Away 4.35 1.59 72.1 5 3 0 10.1 2.9 1.6
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Stat Review
How does Kyle Gibson compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.00
 
K/9
7.6
 
BB/9
2.5
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
92.8 mph
 
ERA
2.53
 
WHIP
1.13
 
BABIP
.299
 
GB/FB
1.94
 
Left On Base
70.8%
 
Exit Velocity
82.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.2%
 
Spin Rate
2278 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.2%
 
Swinging Strike
13.5%
 
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Gibson took a step back after a career-best season in 2018. Health was an issue as Gibson had a delayed start to spring training after suffering from an E. coli infection. Gibson initially looked on track, going 8-4 with a 4.09 ERA in the first half. He then declined sharply in the second half with a 5.92 ERA. Stamina was likely an issue as he went on the injured list in September with ulcerative colitis. He returned at the end of the season in the bullpen. His step back can't all be attributed to health as he threw just 30.6% of his pitches in the strike zone, which was the worst in AL (150 +IP). He also struggled with the long ball with a 1.3 HR/9. Still, he did continue some improvements from 2018 with a 9.0 K/9 and career-best 93.4 mph average on his fastball. If he can manage his ulcerative colitis and keep his weight and stamina, he could bounce back after signing with Texas.
Gibson made surprising strides at age 30 with a career-best 3.62 ERA and 8.2 K/9. He increased his average fastball velocity to 93.0 mph and his swinging-strike rate to 11.5%, both career highs. He kept more balls in the park with a 1.1 HR/9, compared to 1.4 in 2017. His 49.8% groundball rate ranked fourth among qualified starters. He was also more consistent with just two three-game streaks of allowing three or more runs, compared to 2017 when he was sent to the minors after a terrible stretch and 2016 when he had a 6.62 ERA in August. Control remains an issue (3.6 BB/9 last season) and it is hard to feel confident about his gains in velocity and strikeout rate, given how much they stand out and how late they came in his career, but if those gains turn out to be legitimate, he is an undervalued No. 3 starter.
Gibson's final output last season mirrored his 2016 production (a 5.07 ERA both years), but last year featured a roller coaster that saw him both sent to the minors and become Minnesota's hottest pitcher. He began the season in the rotation but was sent to Triple-A in May after going 0-4 with an 8.20 ERA in six starts. He righted the ship when he returned later in the month and surged after the All-Star break. In the second half he reduced his walks from 4.2 BB/9 to 2.6 BB/9 while also upping his strikeouts from 5.6 K/9 to 8.2 K/9, resulting in a 7-3 record and a 3.76 ERA. In addition to a decrease in walks and increase in strikeouts, he gave up significantly fewer home runs and generated weaker contact. His stuff didn’t improve, but his pitch location did. Gibson has always had good groundball rates (50.8 percent last season) so if his command gains are legitimate, he could carry that second-half success over in 2018.
Gibson was expected to improve last season to become a reliable starter at the top of the rotation, but instead took a step back as both his walk rate and strikeout rates deteriorated. Gibson landed on the DL in April with a sore shoulder and missed nearly two months. He never got back on track when he returned as his velocity, strikeout rate and control all declined from the previous season. At his best, Gibson offsets his lack of strikeouts with a good groundball rate and average control. Perhaps health was the issue, but he'll need a bounceback season to remain in Minnesota's rotation.
Gibson had a solid, if unspectacular, 2015 season and will be counted on as Minnesota's No. 3 starter this year. His 194.2 innings led the team, and since his ERA was slightly below average, that made him Minnesota's most valuable player by bWAR. Gibson improved his strikeout rate, but it's still mediocre and his velocity (91.8 mph average fastball) wouldn't seem to indicate a lot of upside. He offsets his lack of strikeouts with a good ground ball rate (53.4 percent) and average control (3.0 BB/9, an uptick from his career norm). Gibson needs to be more consistent, as he has a pattern of alternating great and terrible starts; he had a 0.71 ERA in 11 wins and a 7.99 ERA in 11 losses last year. Still, at age 28, he could be hitting his prime now that he's established in Minnesota's rotation.
Gibson's first full season in the majors was an uneven affair as he showed glimpses of becoming a mainstay in the rotation while also having many ugly outings. He had a 1.42 ERA in his 13 wins, but a horrendous 11.04 ERA in his 12 losses. Gibson's poor strikeout rate (4.9 K/9 IP) limits his upside, but he's had some success due to a relatively low walk rate (2.9 BB/9) and a 54.4% groundball rate. If Gibson can reduce his number of disaster outings, he could improve to become a building block in Minnesota's rotation.
Gibson's first full season back from Tommy John surgery was a mixed bag as he had a strong season at Triple-A with a 2.92 ERA and 87:33 K:BB ratio in 101.2 innings, but struggled in his first test in the majors with a 6.53 ERA and 29:20 K:BB in 51 innings (5.1 K/9). While the 2009 first-round draft pick has been regarded as one of Minnesota's top pitching prospects, he's never had an overwhelming strikeout rate (8.0 K/9 in the minors) or velocity (92.1 average mph fastball in the majors), which may limit his upside. Still, he's likely to improve in his second full season after Tommy John surgery. He'll be a candidate for a spot in the Minnesota rotation in spring training.
Gibson, Minnesota's 2009 first-round draft pick, spent last summer working his way back from September 2011 Tommy John surgery. He made 13 minor league starts, including two at Triple-A in September. He then had a decent showing in the Arizona Fall League with a 5.40 ERA and 28:8 K:BB in 23.1 innings (He began 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA, but struggled in his last three starts). Gibson has a strong chance to win a spot in the Twins' rotation, but it sounds like he may start the season in the minors or the bullpen as the Twins have said they plan to limit his workload to 130 or 140 innings. With three above-average pitches and excellent control, Gibson could quickly ascend to the top of Minnesota's rotation, but his upside may be limited because he has never had outstanding strikeout rates in the minors.
Gibson, Minnesota's 2009 first-round draft pick, will miss the 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He may have been part of Minnesota's rotation as early as 2012 after he started the season with a 3.79 ERA and 74:17 K:BB ratio through 71.1 innings at Triple-A. However, he faded after June and was sidelined with a sore elbow that later required surgery. When healthy, he has three above average pitches and excellent control.
Gibson, Minnesota's 2009 first-round draft pick, jumped from High-A to Triple-A last season. He could contend for a spot in Minnesota's starting rotation in spring training, but likely begins the season at Triple-A and gets called up after a few months. The 2009 first-round draft pick has three above average pitches and excellent control. He could be an impact fantasy pitcher in 2011.
Gibson, Minnesota's 2009 first-round draft pick, didn't play last summer due to a stress fracture in his forearm. He was able to return for Minnesota's instructional league and is expected to be ready for spring training. He has three above average pitches and excellent control, so the college pitcher could advance rapidly after an expected start at Low-A Beloit.
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Solid in second win
PTexas Rangers
April 13, 2021
Gibson (2-0) earned the win Tuesday after holding the Rays to a pair of runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out three across seven innings.
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Much better in second start
PTexas Rangers
April 7, 2021
Gibson (1-0) earned the win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday with six shutout innings. He allowed six hits and a walk while striking out eight.
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Can't escape first inning
PTexas Rangers
April 1, 2021
Gibson did not factor into the decision in Thursday's Opening Day loss to the Royals after surrendering five runs on four hits and three walks while recording a strikeout for his only out of the start.
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Dominates D-backs
PTexas Rangers
March 18, 2021
Gibson hit a batter and struck out six over four scoreless innings in Wednesday's spring game against the Diamondbacks.
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Gets Opening Day nod
PTexas Rangers
March 16, 2021
Gibson will start on Opening Day against the Royals.
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