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Indians send Trevor Bauer back to the minors after five shutout innings

May 2, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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As expected Trevor Bauer’s latest call-up was short-lived, as the Indians demoted the top prospect back to Triple-A after he threw five shutout innings against the Phillies last night in a spot start.

Bauer was very tough to hit and flashed dominant raw stuff, but walked six of the 21 batters he faced and needed 93 pitches to record 15 outs. All of which is basically the story of his career at this point (along with rapping badly and the Diamondbacks souring on him almost immediately).

Bauer has held big-league hitters to a .185 batting average through six starts, racking up 24 strikeouts in 26.1 innings, but he’s also handed out 26 walks in those 26.1 frames. In the minors the former No. 3 overall pick has walked 4.1 per nine innings, including 41 walks in 100 innings at Triple-A. Bauer has No. 1 starter upside and plenty of time to reach it at age 22, but the inability to throw the ball over the plate is keeping him from sticking in the majors.

  1. thomas844 - May 2, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    I see a lot of parallels between Bauer and Charlie Sheen’s “Wild Thing” character.

    • zzalapski - May 2, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Does that mean Bauer is going to sleep with Lonnie Chisenhall’s wife?

  2. geoknows - May 2, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Based on a number of his quotes, it would seem that Bauer doesn’t so much have an “inability” to throw the ball over the plate as much as he has a “refusal” to do so.

  3. dondada10 - May 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Can’t help but think the Justin Upton trade wasn’t the only mistake the Arizona brain trust made this off-season.

  4. Kevin Gillman - May 2, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    I guess Bauer just isn’t “gritty” enough for the D-Backs. He’ll work out fine in Cleveland. Yeah, I didn’t like those 6 walks last night, but it didn’t seem to faze him, and he was able to get out of those innings, not giving up a run. Randy Johnson was very wild early on in his career, and he did “alright”. Bauer will be fun to watch in Cleveland.

  5. schm1471 - May 2, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Hahaha! Grit!!!

  6. marybradley2013 - May 3, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Unconventional for sure – and that’s why I like him.
    He’s going to be a blast to watch!

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