Fall 2021 SS Magazine

Former Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson signs with Texas Rangers

Former Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson has found a new home. The 32-year-old agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

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Gibson was drafted by the Twins in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft and has been with the organization ever since. He made his major league debut in 2013, going 2-4 in 10 starts that season.

Gibson started 31 games the following year, his first full season in the majors. He has made at least 25 starts every year since. He posted a 13-7 record with a 4.84 ERA in 2019, tying his career high in wins and helping lead the Twins to their first divisional title since 2010. He made his postseason debut in the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees.

Gibson’s faith in Christ has provided him with a foundation throughout his career as a professional baseball player.

“Baseball is one thing I do but it’s not who I am,” he said in an interview with The Increase last year:

Part of Gibson’s faith journey was learning how to be more thankful even when he is not pitching as well as he would like.

“It’s amazing how comforting God is and how loving He is and how merciful He is when you make a mistake and you mess up,” he said.

Gibson joins a Rangers team that went 78-84 last season, an 11-game improvement from 2018.

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