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Indians call up Trevor Bauer for another spot start

Jun 28, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

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Trevor Bauer is back up with the Indians to start Game 1 of today’s doubleheader, but as usual with Bauer it may only be a short stay in the majors.

Acquired this offseason in the three-team blockbuster trade with the Diamondbacks and Reds, the former No. 3 overall pick will be making his eighth career start in the majors. This year at Triple-A he’s racked up 67 strikeouts in 65 innings, but Bauer has also walked 5.0 batters per nine innings, served up nine homers, and posted a 4.13 ERA that’s right around the International League average of 4.18. In other words, he hasn’t been very impressive.

Bauer is still just 22 years old and his electric raw stuff remains, but he’s made zero progress with his awful control. In addition to all the free passes at Triple-A he’s also walked 28 batters in 32.2 innings as a big leaguer, although today at least the one thing in Bauer’s favor is that the White Sox have drawn the fewest walks in the American League.

  1. specialkindofstupid - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Too bad there isn’t a stat that tracks “cool long-toss throws before the game.” The kid would at least have that to hang his hat on until he becomes a solid MLB starter (which he will probably become).

  2. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Francona: Son, we’re thinking if you can show us this start that you’ve improved your command and control there’s a chance you can stay up and help us with the push towards a championship.

    Bauer: Wow, awesome, that’s amazing, skip! I’m gonna start making a beat to rap about this tonight…

    Antonetti: I think I’d rather sign Jose Canseco to play SS.

    Bauer: (half-listening) Yeah, I’ll try to use that, what rhymes with Canseco other than “bro”? Hmm…

  3. pepelestat - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Can someone please educate me? How many more option to triple A before he doesn’t have to go back? Or is this a service time thing?


    • WhyDoIActuallyCare - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      You can add a 26th person to the roster for a doubleheader and then send them back down without using an option, IIRC. I’m sure that’s what they’re doing with Bauer.

    • jwbiii - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      An option isn’t a single transaction, an “option year” would be a better term. Normally, a team gets three of them. The problem with Bauer is that he was signed to an MLB contract after the 2011 draft, so even though he didn’t play in the majors in 2011, the Diamondbacks still burned an option on him. So he’ll have to be up in the majors all next season or clear waivers and be outrighted.

  4. tuberippin - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Throwing 9 different pitches doesn’t help if you can’t control the majority of them well.

  5. pappageorgio - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Now I realize that that he’s a pampered golden-boy with a decent amount of money (via his original draft payday) and he’s probably surrounded by an entourage who tells him how good he is and that he’s always right………

    But he’s not a kid anymore, at what point do you say to yourself “maybe I should start to take the advice of people who have been successful in this game for a long time”. As much as a douche as I think towers is……he was smart to ship the kid. He just doesn’t listen….to anyone. Coaches, veteran players, nobody.

    All the talent in the world can only take you so far…..sometimes you need to listen to people who aren’t telling what you what to hear, but what you need to hear.

    • WhyDoIActuallyCare - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      How about more than 1.5 years of service time before we decide he’s useless?

      • natslady - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        Well, in the first inning he’s throwing batting practice. The Sox are enjoying it. Two run bomb to Adam Dunn, and one to Keppinger. The minor-leaguer the Sox brought up got a nice single. He pitches from the stretch even with the bases empty?

  6. jwbiii - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    White Sox starter Hector Santiago got 7 guys out before giving up 5 runs. Both teams will have spent bullpens for the nightcap.

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