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Trevor Bauer might be ready for his closeup in Cleveland

Apr 17, 2014, 11:17 AM EDT

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Trevor Bauer was impressive in his one-start call-up to the Indians last week and kept things rolling in his return to Triple-A yesterday, throwing six shutout innings with nine strikeouts versus just one walk.

Arizona soured on Bauer, which is how he ended up in Cleveland, and his control problems caused his prospect stock to drop considerably last season. Still, he’s only 23 years old and the former No. 3 overall pick appears to be very close to putting everything together in a big way.

Combined between Triple-A and the Indians this season Bauer has thrown 18 innings with a 1.00 ERA and 26/5 K/BB ratio. His raw stuff has always been No. 1 starter-caliber and he’s always generated a ton of strikeouts, but if the Indians have gotten Bauer to consistently throw strikes they could have something pretty special very soon. And the Diamondbacks may soon regret selling him for pennies on the dollar.

  1. icanspeel - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    I still can’t believe Arizona gave up on him that quickly. Normally #3 picks get much more leeway.

    • bronco58lb - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      Well Kevin Towers and Kirk Gibson valued “gamers” and “team players” over talent. Didi Gregorius was a third-tier prospect too.

    • blabidibla - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      Apparently they disagreed with his long toss warm up process that he’s been using for nearly a decade. A little too new school for those with true grit.

  2. haytammy - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Potential to be dominant.

  3. plmathfoto - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    How long were you waiting to write “soured on Bauer” lol?

  4. pascalswager42 - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Hoping he can contribute to the Tribe this season. Although early, the rotation has been super shaky. Wish we could’ve kept Kazmir.

  5. antaresrex - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    It’s possible that the Snakes already regret trading Bauer (as well as Tyler Skaggs, for that matter), given that their rotation couldn’t have performed any worse to start this season.

    • tuberippin - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:39 PM

      not to mention losing Hudson to TJ surgery twice and Patrick Corbin to TJ surgery as well.

  6. bigleagues - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    Bauer pitched on 5 days rest yesterday. That is to say… he pitched on the 6th day after his season debut with Cleveland.

    The Indians didn’t need a 5th starter this week, so they skipped Carrasco, who’s turn I believe, would have been Wednesday.

    So… it is at least a possibility that Bauer could be back in Cleveland some time early next week.

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