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Another two for one AFL Star of the Day entry

Covering Monday and Tuesday’s games, following my two-day stint in our studios in NYC to shoot AFL team reports and record things for the 2013 Draft Top 50 (coming in November!)

Monday’s Star of the Day nod goes to Padres’ 2b prospect Jeudy Valdez. Leading off for Peoria on Monday, the 23-year-old went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, an RBI and three runs scored. Valdez had a big year in 2011, in the hitter-friendly California League, hitting .295 with 15 homers, 92 RBIs and 34 steals. But he wasn’t nearly as productive with the move up to the Double-A Texas League (.225/.273/.364), so a good AFL could help him get back headed in the right direction.

I figured at some point, there would be repeat Stars of the Day, but I didn’t think it would happen this quickly, and I certainly didn’t think it would happen with a pitcher. With all due respect to Kolten Wong’s 4-for-4 day, it’s Kyle Gibson who once again deserves the honor. The Twins’ right-hander continues to put Tommy John surgery in his rear view mirror. The Twins’ No. 16 prospect (me thinks he’ll move up in 2013) once again went five innings, allowing one run on six hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 8. In two outings, his line reads: 10 IP, 10 H, 1 ER, 0.90 ERA, 0 BB, 16 K. Not too shabby.

Gibson is one of the Twins’ prospects featured in the AFL team report we recorded in NY. Here’s the finished version.

AFL Star of the Day, Vol. 3 — A pitcher!

Sure, there were some good performances at the plate. Gary Brown had three hits, two RBIs and a stolen base, not a bad day’s work for the Giants’ No. 1 prospect. Nick Castellanos, the Tigers’ top prospect, hit a ninth-inning home run to give Mesa its first win. And Washington prospect Brian Goodwin (No. 3) homered to tie the game in the ninth as Salt River went on to beat Brown and Scottsdale, 6-5.

But Thursday’s Star of the Day is a no-brainer, and it comes from the mound.

Kyle Gibson came to the Fall League to continue to make up for lost innings and to regain his form following Tommy John surgery. The Twins’ No. 16 prospect would likely be in the big leagues by now if it hadn’t been for his elbow woes and he threw just 28 1/3 innings in 2012 as he worked his way back. Well, if Thursday is any indication, he’s shaking the rust off quite nicely. Gibson went five shutout innings on Thursday, something that doesn’t typically happen this early in the AFL schedule. He gave up just four hits, walked none and struck out eight. He hadn’t thrown more than four innings in any outing since he returned from TJ surgery.

Kyle Gibson update

I’m still trying to figure out the balance. Do I post draft notes on Twitter, then here? Or here, then Twitter? In this case, the update came first on Twitter @JonathanMayoB3.

It seems that Missouri right-hander Kyle Gibson has paid a visit to the Cincinnati Reds for a meeting/workout/medical exam. Two weeks ago this wouldn’t seem like much as Gibson was a sure-fire top 10 pick and might not have gotten to the Reds at 10. But his velocity dropped over his last 2 starts and the word was he had some forearm tightness. And that sets off alarms because it’s often a precursor to elbow trouble.

No word yet what the results of said meeting/exam were, but suffice to say that Gibson is under consideration for Cincy at No. 8.

Conference Tourney Time!

I know I’ve been college heavy of late, but that’s just the way it is. I promise to have more in the way of high school stuff later in the week, particularly in my next Draft Notebook.

But today is a great day for draft — and college baseball — fans. While some may have started yesterday (though rain interrupted the Big East), most of the big college tournaments start in earnest today. Here are some highlights:

SEC

5 p.m. CT: Vanderbilt vs. LSU
You get lefty Mike Minor against top-seeded LSU (Jared Mitchell, DJ LeMahieu, etc) right off the bat.

Big 12

4 p.m. CT: Missouri vs. Texas A&M
I was hoping for a Kyle Gibson  vs. Brooks Raley game, but you’ll have to deal with just Gibson. Raley will pitch for A&M on Friday.

Big 10

3:35 p.m. ET: Indiana vs. Purdue
Eric Arnett
should get the ball for the Hoosiers. There was some concern when he didn’t pitch over the weekend, their last regular-season series. From what I’ve been told, there’s nothing to worry about. Arnett had thrown a LOT of pitches in his previous few starts and while college coaches don’t worry too much about abusing arms to get wins, when the Big 10 regular season title wasn’t up for grabs when Arnett’s usual turn came up, they decided to let him rest to put all of the proverbial eggs in the conference tourney basket. It should be interesting to see how he does with the extra rest, and if he’ll pitch more than once in the tourney should the Hoosiers get that far.

Atlantic Sun
3 p.m. ET: Lipscomb vs. Mercer
Lipscomb is the No. 2 seed and will send Rex Brothers to the mound in the opener against the fifth-seeded Mercer. His last start was washed out by rain in the early going. Could be the last look at him and he’s the type teams are probably still trying to figure out a bit.


Mountain West

3 p.m. CT: San Diego State vs. New Mexico
You didn’t think I could get through a post about college baseball and not mention Stephen Strasburg, did you? SDSU won their first game yesterday to move into the winner’s bracket. The 4th-seeded Aztecs take on No. 2 seed New Mexico and give the ball to Strasburg. The Lobos have the best offense in the conference and have five .400 hitters in the lineup. That didn’t seem to bother Strasburg when he faced them in Albuquerque during the regular season. He tossed a seven-hit shutout with 14 K’s.

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