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Diamondbacks promote stud pitching prospect Trevor Bauer to Triple-A

May 17, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

Trevor Bauer, Jerry Dipoto, Ray Montgomery AP

Trevor Bauer is now one step away from the majors less than 12 months after being the No. 3 overall pick in last year’s draft, as the Diamondbacks have promoted the 21-year-old right-hander from Double-A to Triple-A.

Bauer struggled with his control at Double-A, walking 26 batters in 48 innings, but was nearly unhittable with a 1.68 ERA, 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings, and a .192 opponents’ batting average.

Toss in the seven starts he made late last season after signing for $7 million and Bauer now has 103 strikeouts versus just 60 hits allowed in 74 total innings as a pro. He’s one of the elite handful of pitching prospects in all of baseball and it’s only a matter of time before he’s headlining Arizona’s rotation.

  1. hiltonandastoria - May 17, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Still one level too low, Patrick Corbin had a nice start but the time to move Bauer into the rotation can start any time now.

  2. hiltonandastoria - May 17, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Oh and Skaggs soon to follow, must be nice to be a D-Backs fan

  3. redguy12588 - May 17, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Frustrating to see this as a Pirates fan, as Taillon and Cole and still tearing up High A. They’ll probably go to AA in June, but the Pirates are being slow with them, you don’t want to be seeing control issues already from your top picks.

    • hiltonandastoria - May 17, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      Taillon is still growing into that massive frame so he will definitely take some time in the minors, but they knew that when they drafted him. Cole will probably progress faster through the ranks than Taillon but I wouldn’t worry about either.

  4. mariner425 - May 17, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Bummer. Bauer was going to pitch against Hultzen today. It was supposed to be the number 2 vs 3 from last years draft. Maybe we’ll get to see it later this year w/ both in the majors.

  5. mariner425 - May 17, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Oops. Was thinking Bauer was w/ Baltimore. That’s Bundy. We’ll have two wait a year or two for the Hultzen/Bauer matchup.

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