After battling the Mendoza Line in his previous three seasons, outfielder Tyler Gibson is in the middle of arguably his finest season of pro-ball. The 21-year-old is batting .272 with a .722 OPS for Detroit's Class-A affiliate. Gibson's walks are up and strikeouts are down. Everything seems to be clicking at the plate. All the hard work is finally paying off.
Unfortunately for Gibson, a broken hand back on May 26th put a brief halt on his development. Healthy, and now back in Lakeland on a rehab assignment, Gibson admitted that he's still knocking off the rust from the lengthy layoff, "[I'm] definitely trying to get my timing back, that's for sure."
After two hitless games earlier this week Gibson took a step forward today though going 2-for-2 with a walk. While no concrete timetable has been placed on Gibson's return to West Michigan, his hand has healed and his return appears to be on the horizon.
Tyler Gibson legs out a bunt single in the 3rd inning of Thursday's GCL game:
James Chipman is the Senior Lakeland Correspondent for TigsTown. Be sure to follow him on twitter @J__Chipman.