Ian Philip Gibaut (pronounced jih-BOH)…Twitter: @igibaut33...Instagram: @igibaut33... attended Lamar High School in Houston, TX and went on to spend three seasons pitching at Tulane University...pitched for Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the Cape Cod League in 2014 where he was teammates with right-handed major league pitcher Pete Fairbanks...his father, Russel, is a British expat and the two have made trips to watch the national team in the Rugby World Cup in both Australia and Paris...Russel is a former first-class cricketer playing in matches for Oxford University in 1983...Russel hails from the island of Jersey in the English Channel, an area of just 36 square miles...he attended Oxford and came to the U.S. as an oil trader, but is now retired in Dallas...mother, Pam, is Cajun...has lived in Bermuda, Boston and New York in addition to Texas...the family has lived in Houston since he was 8 years old...enjoys traveling and hunting...favorite destination is the mountains in Colorado.
Was a non-roster invite to Texas Spring Training, his contract was formally selected by Rangers July 23...Made Rangers Opening Day roster, first of his career...10 of 14 appearances on season came in August...Tied career high with three strikeouts (also 8/17/19 vs. MIN) while taking blown save and loss on Aug. 5 at OAK...Received a three-game suspension Aug. 18 for his actions in throwing behind Manny Machado on Aug. 17 vs. San Diego...dropped appeal and served a two-game suspension from Aug. 19-20, the first suspension of his major league career....Optioned to the Alternate Training Site on Aug. 26...tied for the team lead in appearances (14) at the time he was optioned....Allowed runs in five of 14 games...Held left-handed batters to a .192 average (5-or-26) and right-handed batters to a .273 average (6-for-22)…Outrighted when the club signed Matt Shoemaker and cleared waivers becoming a non-roster invite Feb. 19.
Acquired by Texas from Tampa Bay in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations on 7/28…went 1-1, 5.65 (9 ER/14.1 IP) in 10 G with the Rangers and Rays in 1st ML action…was DFA while on option at Durham on 7/23 ahead of the trade…made ML debut on 7/12 at BAL w/ TB (2.0 IP, 2 R-ER)…had two stints with Texas: 8/16-21 and 9/1-end of season...earned 1st ML win on 9/11 vs. TB w/ TEX (2.0 SHO IP…permitted runs in five of 10 G, with opponents going 12-for-51 (.235)…combined to go 1-2, 4.50 (9 ER/18.0 IP) with 15 BB/23 SO over 19 G/1 GS in the minors with Nashville, Durham, and Charlotte (A+)…missed the first two months of the season with a right lat strain and was activated on 6/4…was non-tendered prior to the 12/2 deadline and signed by Texas to a minor league contract on 12/19.
Spent the entire season with Triple-A Durham, recording a career-low 2.09 ERA and careerhigh 14 saves over a career-high-tying and teamhigh 48 apps...Recorded 75 SO in 56 IP for a 12.05 SO/9 IP ratio, 3rd-highest among International League relievers…led IL relievers with a .181 opp avg....Led Rays minor leaguers in saves and ranked 4th in the IL in saves...Named to the IL midseason All-Star Team… pitched to a 1.67 ERA (37.2-IP, 7-ER) in 31 apps before the All-Star break...Held right-handed hitters to a .147 avg. (16-for109) with 2 2B, 1 HR and 40 SO...Did not allow a run over 2 apps in the IL postseason, helping the Bulls win a second consecutive Governors' Cup…pitched in the Triple-A National Championship Game against Memphis (Cardinals), a 14-4 Bulls loss...Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 18 prospect in the Rays system following the season.
Went 7-1 with a 2.21 ERA (61-IP, 15-ER), 12 saves and .174 opp avg. in 48 apps between Class-A Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery, earning an April 23 promotion…ranked 4th among Rays minor leaguers in saves…in his third professional season, established career highs in wins, apps, saves, innings (61) and strikeouts (77)… allowed a walk-off, 2-run homer in the Biscuits decisive Game 5 loss to Chattanooga (Twins) in the Southern League Semifinals…ranked by Baseball America as the No. 30 prospect in the Rays system following the season.