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Kevin Gausman will make Orioles debut on Thursday

May 21, 2013, 11:12 PM EDT

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FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that the Orioles will call up top pitching prospect Kevin Gausman to start Thursday in their series opener versus the Blue Jays.

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette told just one week ago that the 22-year-old right-hander was “doing fine at Double-A” and not close to a promotion, but the O’s have lost seven of their last nine games and are desperate to get back into the hunt in the American League East.

Gausman ranked 26th on Baseball America‘s listing of the Top 100 prospects this past offseason and is sporting a 3.11 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 49/5 K/BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings this year at Double-A Bowie.

Gausman was the fourth overall pick in the 2012 June MLB Amateur Draft out of LSU and signed with the Orioles in July for a bonus of $4.32 million. If he pitches well, he will presumably be up for good.

  1. rockthered1286 - May 22, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Honestly what’s the worst that could happen at this point? Sure beats Jair Jur…jurg… That guy who sucks.

    Time to bust out the donuts!!!

    • psuorioles - May 22, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      Not sure I agree with your Jurrjens comment, but glad to see Gausman get the call.

      • rockthered1286 - May 22, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        Let me rephrase- he doesn’t suck. But his only outting was 5IP 6H 4ER and he threw 75 pitches in that stretch. It was not impressive and can easily be duplicated by the likes of Arrieta or Britton as a 5th. Why not give Gausman a shot? If he blows up one game in the bigs you move him back down. If he succeeds? Roll with it. I’d much rather continue to run with Hammel, Gonzo, Tillman, Garcia and Gausman right now. By the time Chen comes back from injury we should have a good idea about Gausman and whether or not we keep him up or Garcia. Either way I think this is a sign that Jake is done as a starter for the time being.

      • psuorioles - May 22, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        @Rockthered – I’m agreeing with you about Gausman getting a shot and I’ve been wanting this to happen for a while. Jurrjens certainly didn’t look like Cy Young out there on Saturday, but I think he deserves another shot at the rotation…

  2. hockeydruid - May 22, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Great move and if Bundy was healthy it would have been him. Hated seeing Flaherty sent down but it was time as he was not hitting. How if we could just get a backup catcher who could hit and call a good game and toss out runners we would have a good bench. Like rotating Dickerson in the OF as he can play all 3 positions and DH.

    • alang3131982 - May 22, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      Not sure if Bundy would have been first. Obviously it’s a bit of a pointless argument — just happy to see the Gausman era start. He’s dominating AA really. I do get a little Mike Mussina – Ben McDonald vibe from Gausman-Bundy. Let’s hope Bundy has a better fate than McDonald and Gausman is 1/2 the pitcher Mussina was!

  3. bonzai12 - May 22, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    Flaherty is a great fielder .. But needs to at least bat his weight to stay up. Glad to see Gausman get the call-up.. Lets find out how good he really is..

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 22, 2013 at 3:42 AM

      Not sure we’re going to find out how good he is for a few years, but maybe a we’ll get a glimpse of what he has to offer.

  4. blabidibla - May 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    So it looks like he’ll get to go @ TOR (5/23), @ WAS (5/28), and then get comfortable in his new home when he faces DET (6/2).

    Easy Peasy.

  5. beachnbaseball - May 22, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Just a panic move by the Blows.

    • flavadave10 - May 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Funny, I seem to remember everyone saying that when they called up Machado last year… How’d that work out?

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