Right-handed pitcher Cameron Gibbens is enjoying his late-inning work for the High-A Great Lakes Loons. Gibbens, who generally comes into games in either the eighth or ninth inning, likes the feel of getting outs late in a contest.
“It’s all about getting outs,” said Gibbens. “I like the late inning feel of going out there and getting outs late in the game for the team.”
And getting outs is something Gibbens has done well in 2021. With 32 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.02 through 15.2 innings of work, Gibbens has been tough on opposing hitters all season.
For Gibbens, that means getting ahead with his fastball early in counts, so he can mix in his slider to keep hitters off-balance.
“It’s hard for hitters to catch up with my fastball,” explained Gibbens. “I throw my fastball 75 percent of the time. I use the fastball to get ahead in counts, and I mix in my slider, which has been sitting around 81 to 83 miles per hour. It’s touched as high as 86 this year, too. I’m using my slider more, and I’m happy with how it’s developing.”
Beginning his season with the Low-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes before a quick promotion to High-A gave Gibbens a taste of what other levels look like.
Noticing a need to locate his pitches more in High-A has been a welcome change for Gibbens.
“The hitters are better with the strike zone here,” stated Gibbens. “You need to nibble the corners a little more in High-A, which is a good thing. The hitters get better the more you move up, so it’s good to learn how to adjust to them as you aspire to move up the levels, too.”
And moving up the levels shouldn’t be an issue for Gibbens, thanks in part to some lessons from a former major league pitcher.
“I learned a lot from ex-big leaguer Brian Flynn,” explained Gibbens. “Brian told me what to expect in affiliated baseball, and I took away a lot of information from him.”
Be sure to follow Cameron Gibbens as he continues to climb the levels in the near future.