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Terry Francona is optimistic about Trevor Bauer’s future

Mar 9, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

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The Diamondbacks took Trevor Bauer in the first round, third overall, in the 2011 draft. They sent him to the Indians in a three-team trade in December 2012. Manager Terry Francona sees why, even after Bauer has had back-to-back mediocre showings in limited Major League action, the D-Backs took him so early.

Bauer has made some significant mechanical adjustments, but in the early going in spring training, it is starting to pay dividends. Bauer has struck out seven and walked three in five innings thus far. Francona understands that Bauer may not be an ace when the bell sounds at the end of March, but hopes the right-hander will lead his staff eventually.

Via MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian:

“You try to look at the big picture,” Francona said on Sunday “I think with everything, you try to make decisions not based out of emotion, but based on what’s best for our team. I think with a 23-year-old pitcher that the ceiling is very high, you have to step back sometimes and let him figure it out, certainly, with help.

“I think we’re going to see dividends this year at some point. It may not be April 1, but at some point this year I think we’ll see dividends, and once he gets here and figures it out, he’s got a chance to be a dominating pitcher. That’s the idea anyway.”

In 33 1/3 innings at the Major League level, Bauer has a 5.67 ERA with 29 walks and 28 strikeouts. Harnessing his control, obviously, will be a big factor in his success or failure in the big leagues.

  1. markjames23 - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Everyone thinks I’m nuts for still saying this guy is going to be great. Just wait, folks.

    • gbrim - Mar 10, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      He won’t even be adequate despite his talent if he doesn’t learn to blend his approach to the game with lessons learned over many years by the players who came before. He is too busy reinventing baseball strategy to be effective. Hope he changes his ways, and thrives.

  2. ch0psuey - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    As long as there is no more white-boy rapping he will be fine.

  3. theebbandflow - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    I like Trevor Bauer. I like that he’s got his weird, idiosyncratic take on the game. At least he’s not just an affectation like some players alter-egos or facial hair.

    Have Cleveland nixed his pole-to-pole warm up and 2 hour plyometric stretching or whatever it was?

    His Twitter reveals a guy whose obsessed about pitching as well and happy to talk about it.

  4. yahmule - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    His fastballs were coming in straight and right down the pipe yesterday and the Angels were turning them around in a hurry. The home run pitch to Cowgill was just brutal.

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