FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Last spring, Jason Kubel went over to the Twins' Minor League complex to get a couple extra at-bats in a game between two of the team's Minor League affiliates.After not being able to do much against the young pitcher he was facing, Kubel walked back to the Major League clubhouse with manager Ron Gardenhire, and his first question was, "Who was that?" "I told Kubes, 'Don't worry, you'll be playing behind him before you know it,'" Gardenhire said with a chuckle. It certainly didn't take pitching prospect Kyle Gibson long to make a strong impression on Kubel, and this spring, the lanky right-hander is continuing to turn heads in his first big league camp. The Twins' first-round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Missouri, Gibson has already drawn quite a lot of attention this spring, and it's no surprise considering the fast track that the 23-year-old has been on during his career with the club. In his first professional season in 2010, Gibson rose through three levels of the Minor League system -- something that doesn't frequently happen in the Minnesota organization. But that was far from the only hectic thing in Gibson's life last season. He also married his college sweetheart, Elizabeth Straatmann, who had been a gymnast at Missouri, in November.
2010 Spring Training - Minnesota Twins
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- Worth noting
- Working on slider, Pelfrey happy to enter year healthy
- De Vries' arm fine, slated to start next Saturday
- Morneau swings on practice field, ready for opener
- Ryan reflects on spring, eager for season to begin