In the Midwest League in 2012, Gaviglio made 23 starts and threw 133 innings, but missed 3 ½ months of time with A-Advanced Palm Beach last summer due to a right forearm strain. Healthy by the end of the season, the Oregon native was called upon to make six starts in the Arizona Fall League prospect showcase.
He parlayed that into an invitation to his first major league spring training camp as a non-roster player. In three St. Louis games covering 5 1/3 innings, Gaviglio allowed two earned runs on seven hits. He logged four strikeouts and walked two before being reassigned to minor league camp on March 14.
After two starts for Double-A Springfield to date, Gaviglio has taken two defeats. He yielded three runs in four innings followed by a second outing in which four runs scored over five frames. That makes for an even 7.00 ERA over his first nine Texas League innings. Gaviglio has 10 strikeouts but also seven walks. His next start is scheduled Friday night at home against Arkansas.
The following interview was conducted between Gaviglio's first and second regular season outings. We discuss his journey since being drafted and what may be ahead.
Previously posted Springfield interviews:
Manager Mike Shildt
Shortstop Aledmys Diaz
Pitcher Kurt Heyer
Pitcher Zach Petrick
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