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Gibson lone southpaw D-backs tab on Day 2

Gibson lone southpaw D-backs tab on Day 2


PHOENIX -- A left-handed reliever from Florida has been the first or second player in each of the past two Draft classes to reach the Major Leagues. If the D-backs keep Daniel Gibson in the bullpen, he could follow a similar path this year after he was selected No. 210 overall on Friday.

Some scouts believe he has what it takes to start, however, as he did in the Northwoods League last summer. Gibson throws four pitches, but he relies on a fastball-slider combination when coming out of the bullpen. His fastball sits in the low 90s with good tailing movement.

"Gibson is kind of a different look guy from the left side," said D-backs scouting director Ray Montgomery. "He can run his fastball up there at 92 mph, and it's a tough angle for left-handers. He's been especially tough against them this year, I think they hit less than .200 against him this year, so to have that kind of look coming out of the bullpen with that velocity, it's great."

If Gibson does get a chance to start, he will need to improve his secondary offerings.

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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