Dustin Gibbs, a 22-year-old Bidwell, Ohio native, came out to a tryout camp last Monday and inked his deal with the Padres shortly thereafter.
Gibbs had worked for a couple of American League teams and they passed on signing him because of full minor league rosters. The Padres had no such reservations in their quest to continuously add quality pitching.
The lanky pitcher went to college at Rio Grande University where he went 6-5 with a 6.14 ERA over 66 innings as a junior but followed it up with a 6-2 mark with a 2.81 ERA as a senior, earning Second-Team All-AMC honors.
Rio Grande is the same school that produced Bevo Francis, the record holder for most points scored in a college basketball game (113).
Gibbs, however, is trying to get it done with his arm. During the indoor workout he was consistently working from 87-91 MPH with his fastball and word is he has hit 93 MPH in the past.
He also offers a solid change, a splitter and a slider that needs work.
“His slider is a bit flat, but he has the makings to develop it,” Padres’ minor league field coordinator Bill Bryk said. “He has a lot of room to fill out and is very loose.”
Gibbs had been working in the computer field but traveled five hours to make the workout with his father. The Padres believe as he adds muscle he may gain a few ticks on his fastball. Gibbs will report to minor league spring training in March.