Next week, Minnesota Twins prospect Kyle Gibson will leave Fort Myers, Fla., for a weeklong mission trip in the Dominican Republic. After that, the 25-year-old right-hander will spend as much time with his family as he can this offseason and take his mind off of baseball, at least for a little while.
After all, this upcoming spring will be a big one for Gibson.
The Minnesota Twins' 2009 first-round pick has yet to pitch in the major leagues. He missed almost all of the 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Now, he'll be in the mix for a spot in the rotation on a Minnesota team that desperately needs starting pitching.
With that said, the 25-year-old Gibson won't take anything for granted once he joins the rest of the Twins pitchers in spring training.
"I had a chat with (Twins general manager) Terry Ryan and the front office. They essentially told me to go out there and keep doing what I'm doing and get guys out and hopefully earn a...