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Trevor Bauer impresses, gets sent right back to the minors

Apr 11, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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Before yesterday Trevor Bauer had been a mess in the majors, walking 29 batters in 33 career innings, but the former No. 3 overall pick tossed six impressive innings against the Padres to show that he might be back on track.

Bauer racked up eight strikeouts and, perhaps more importantly, issued just two walks in allowing one earned run over six innings. He was demoted back to Triple-A immediately after the game, but that was expected because the 23-year-old right-hander was only added to the roster temporarily as a 26th man for yesterday’s doubleheader.

However, if Bauer can consistently throw strikes he’ll be back in Cleveland to stay soon enough and his raw stuff has always been top-of-the-rotation caliber. Yesterday he averaged 95 miles per hour with his fastball and showed off an effective enough assortment of off-speed pitches to be very dangerous.

Bauer’s stock has dipped of late–which is part of how the Indians were able to get him from the Diamondbacks last year–but he was the No. 3 pick in 2011 and rated as a consensus top-20 prospect this time last year. Could be a helluva midseason addition for Cleveland’s rotation.

  1. renaado - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Anyone knows who’ll be replacin Bauer? Or was he just sent back cause the rotation was already full there.

    • Kevin Gillman - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      He was the 26th man for the double header yesterday, so nobody replaced him.

      • renaado - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        I see, thanks man.

      • Kevin Gillman - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        No problem, and if Bauer keeps pitching like this in the Minors, he will be up for good shortly. It’s just up to him.

  2. burm61 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    He was the 26th man you can add to the roster for a double header.

  3. renaado - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Thanks! Dang I really missed that statement.

  4. jrd8523 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    The Padres are getting shut down by almost every starter they face. I don’t think the Indians are going to overreact about Trevor Bauer shutting down the coldest offense in MLB.

  5. luisrivasbuttocks - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    I feel like this dude has been called up and sent down about 100 times already. He’s gotta be close to out of options, no?

    • jeffbbf - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      Options aren’t based on the number of times a player is called up or sent down. A team has 3 option *years* on a player once he’s on a 40 man roster. Once he’s spent more than 20 days on a minor league roster, he’s used up one of the options. a 4th option year can be added if a couple of other situations occur.

  6. tcostant - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    They should have drafted Jose Fernedez.

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