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Orioles send Kevin Gausman back to the minors

Jun 14, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Kevin Gausman’s first taste of the majors didn’t go quite as planned and after posting a 7.66 ERA in five starts last year’s No. 4 overall pick is headed back to Triple-A.

Gausman actually turned in a pretty decent outing last night, tossing 5.1 innings of two-run ball against the Red Sox, but the Orioles needed some bullpen reinforcements and decided he’d be the guy to go.

Prior to the call-up Gausman had a 3.23 ERA and 62/6 K/BB ratio in 61.1 innings as a minor leaguer, allowing just six homers. Against big-league hitters he handed out the same number of walks (6) and served up more homers (7) in just 24.2 innings. He did, however, average 95.4 miles per hour with his fastball, which is tied with Stephen Strasburg and Matt Harvey for the top velocity among all MLB starters.

He’ll be back and eating donuts in the Orioles’ clubhouse soon enough.

  1. specialkindofstupid - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Glad to see the kid ended his first stint in the majors on a good note.

  2. randomdigits - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    He shouldn’t even miss a start. Miguel Gonzalez is due to go on paternity leave this week. This is just your typical Buck/DD move to get an extra bullpen arm on the roster for the next couple of days after last night’s extra inning game.

    • fukpittsburgh - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      You’re probably right although Zach Britton could be a possibility as he has been pretty solid lately in Norfolk. Altogether I just want Chen to get back nice and healthy.

      • mlblogsorioleway - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        Zach isn’t an option after going 6 and 100 pitches recently. It’s most likely a Belifore or someone like that who can be an emergency case. Probably it’ll be a guy who won’t sniff game action.

        Random is right this isn’t a demotion at all. This is simply a clever way to get a fresh arm into the bullpen after playing 14 last night. The red sox will be doing something similar I bet.

    • Steve A - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      You can’t bring back a player within 10 days of sending him down, except for injury. I’d be surprised if paternity leave qualifies as an exception.

      • randomdigits - Jun 14, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        Prepare to be surprised.

        (I guess that takes the surprise out of it)

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    This is more about using 7 pitchers in 13 innings last-night in what is the first of a four game stint against the division leader. He can’t pitch for 4 more days anyways and they need a live arm. He will be back in less than a week.

    He’s actually shown some improvement over his first few starts, although he really needs to develop his slider and his location needs some improvement. His fastball/change-up combo is devastating, but starts to run thin the second time through the lineup.

    • mlblogsorioleway - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      That splitter action he has on that change up is insane. If he can figure out how to spot that down and away against lefties watch out… The slider he definitely needs too, but we all knew that was a pitch everyone considered developmental. I think his success really will hinge on his fastball command though. It has been inconsistent so far (probably can be expected of a kid who hasn’t really had much seasoning at any level of pro ball)

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      Looks like I stand corrected. Slightly. It appears that he will stay down in Norfolk for at least a few starts.
      “This isn’t just a paper move. Gausman will report to the Tides “and settle in there,” Showalter said, “unless somehow a situation presents itself that he would be needed to come back before the 10 days or after 10 days.”

      Interesting that he also said “If we had played nine innings, Gaus would have stayed,”

  4. rockthered1286 - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    First few starts Gausman was good first time through the line up, then got lit up the second time around. His last few starts he’s handled the line up 2 times through much better, but his pitch count was way too high. Once he builds confidence on his pitches and starts painting those corners a little better I think he has great potential. We’ll see him back next time through the rotation without a doubt.

  5. rcali - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Who’s going to pitch batting practice for the O’s every 5th day?

    • jwbiii - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      Jake Arrieta has just been called up.

    • DJ MC - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      Chris Davis. Unless the Red Sox want to take batting practice since they can’t hit him.

  6. mlblogsorioleway - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    The Tigers would probably disagree with your assessment of “The Powdered Doughnut”.

  7. evanwins - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Here’s another young pitcher who had all kinds of hype and came into the league and pretty much failed. Then there’s Jonathan Pettibone and Tyler Cloyd who came up for the Phillies with ZERO hype and have done nothing but produce. Neither were top 100 prospects, neither had headlines or TV segments on MLB Network or ESPN but both are doing great. Gausman gets more press for being sent down then either of them get for a win. The baseball media is a joke.

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