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Trevor Bauer shaky in major league debut

Jun 28, 2012, 9:46 PM EDT

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The Trevor Bauer experience got off to a bit of a shaky start tonight in Atlanta. In the most hyped debut for a starting pitcher since Yu Darvish in April, the 2011 No. 3 overall pick allowed two runs over four innings as part of a no-decision against the Braves.

Bauer struck out Michael Bourn looking on a 3-2 pitch to begin his major league career and was able to get out of the first inning unscathed after giving up a two-out single to Martin Prado. The Braves threatened in the second inning after Chipper Jones singled and Freddie Freeman doubled, but the 21-year-old right-hander was able to get Andrelton Simmons on a ground out and Jair Jurrjens to strike out to escape.

Things got pretty dicey in a 30-pitch third inning. He walked three, hit a batter and gave up an RBI double to Brian McCann. The inning even included a visit from the team trainer, but the rookie right-hander checked out OK. He was pretty fortunate to get out of it with just one run crossing the plate. Bauer gave up a sacrifice fly in his final inning of work before Gerardo Parra pinch-hit for him with two outs in the top of the fifth.

All told, Bauer allowed five hits while walking three, striking out three and hitting a batter. He threw 42 out of 74 pitches for strikes. It’s worth noting that he threw 50 pitches Sunday during his final start with Triple-A Reno, so the Diamondbacks likely planned to have a quick hook all along.

It was a pretty uneven debut for Bauer, but it’s easy to see why he has garnered so much attention. While he didn’t have his best curveball working, he was hitting 95 mph with his fastball and showcased his wide assortment of pitches. He’ll be a lot of fun to watch moving forward.

  1. SteelyMcBeam6 - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    I’d hardly call it shakey for his first outing.

  2. SteelyMcBeam6 - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 Ks on 74 pitches…..of course it’s nothing amazing but it’s a promising start. He did bounce a lot of breaking balls off the dirt and had trouble finding the strike Zone after getting ahead in the count but I chalk that up to nerves. Overall not to bad especially since he was facing some decent batters.

  3. JustMeMike - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    I remember Cole Hamels first start in the bigs – it was similar to Bauer’s. Hamels faced Cincinnati. Nothing special about his performance that day.

    I’m sure you remember Max Scherzer’s first game with the Diamondbacks. Or Strasburg’s first game too.

    I’m sure Bauer will be great. In my fantasy league Bauer was picked up on April 10th. I was one of two teams to bid on him. I didn’t get him.

    First time starters are a puzzle to teams who have never faced them before. And if they’re young – it is exciting to watch. Kerry Wood. Doc Gooden, even Michael Pineda last April and May.

  4. romoscollarbone - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Didnt Strasburg have 14Ks in his first start and 10 in his second?

    • natslady - Jun 29, 2012 at 7:26 AM

      Strasburg’s debut was unreal. You can get a DVD of it. For two months reporters followed him around his minor-league starts. It was hyped beyond belief and exceeded every expectation. Funny thing was, he didn’t watch any video of hitters beforehand, just went out and pitched.

    • seeinred87 - Jun 29, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      14, 8, 10, setting the major league record for Ks in a pitcher’s first 3 starts.

      And he struck out the final 7 batters he faced in his debut against the Pirates. Holy shit was that fun to watch.

  5. Walk - Jun 29, 2012 at 5:14 AM

    Looked good to me. I seen his velocity go up a bit in second inning hitting 95 while i was watching game on tv. He had trouble early with his curve but his fastball at 92 was cutting the corners. He seemed set up on first base side of the rubber and kinda reminded me of lincecum in the way he held his hands and tilted his shoulders. Changeup was good too, dipped in on right handers the same as his fastball seemed to. He got control of his curve by the third inning, i was surprised to see him lifted but he works out hard prior to a start so maybe that had something to do with it. The announcers seemed to think that was his regular workout though about an hour and fifteen minutes before his start. One last thing while i got that from just the one start i saw on tv his fastball seemed more effective in low 90’s than when he topped out at 95. I cannot wait to see him again, i think he is going to do well, just needs to trust his stuff and not overthrow.

  6. btwicey - Jun 29, 2012 at 5:51 AM


  7. heyblueyoustink - Jun 29, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Bryce Harper would have thrown at least a complete game shutout.

  8. bravojawja - Jun 29, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Feh. I wasn’t impressed. The Braves are notorious for stinking up the joint when facing a pitcher they’ve never seen before, but they managed to get men on base fairly regularly. Just couldn’t score, because they’re not hitting anybody with RISP lately.

    The kid has a helluva 12-6 curveball, if he can get it to the plate. There have been far, far worse debuts by far better pitchers. He’ll be interesting to watch, if just for his pre-game antics/warmups.

  9. geoknows - Jun 29, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Look, Bauer is a very promising young pitcher and all, but you have to realize what he is: A fly ball pitcher with extreme difficulties controlling the strike zone. And he has openly said that has no desire to change either of those qualities – in fact, he considers them positive attibutes. That’s just a bad combination in that ballpark.

  10. bigleagues - Jun 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Bauer wasn’t even the most intriguing ‘debut’ last night . . . Andrew Cashner’s first Start as a Padre was.

    6 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 9K, 1 BB and 99 MPH on his fastball at 100 Pitches.

    The pitch that Bogusevic went deep on was actually the culmination of a very impressive At Bat. Cashner wasn’t giving in on anything and Bogasevic had to hit a great pitch – in tight and low at 96mph.

    Now go back and look at Cashner’s track record as a SP in the minors . . . way more intriguing than anything that he has done in the bullpen at any level.

  11. jengibre23 - Jun 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    This kid will have many more starts not everyon can be stephen strasburg. If I was Bauer I would be happy that I made it before the higher picked fire baller former teammate gerrit cole.

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