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Orioles calling up top prospect Kevin Gausman

May 13, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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Kevin Gausman, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2012 draft who tossed 48 innings for the Orioles in his debut last season, is headed back to the majors to start Wednesday against the Tigers.

Gausman is one of the best dozen or so pitching prospects in baseball, but recently missed time with pneumonia while at Triple-A. He’s thrown 26 innings with a 2.08 ERA and 26 strikeouts this year, although he has issued 14 walks.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles haven’t said yet whether Gausman will remain in the rotation beyond Wednesday’s start, but he speculates that Miguel Gonzalez could be demoted to the bullpen to make room.

Last season in his first taste of the big leagues Gausman totaled 49 strikeouts in 48 innings despite struggling somewhat overall and averaged 95.9 miles per hour with his fastball. At age 23 he has No. 1 starter upside long term.

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 13, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    I have to imagine there is an injury or trade announcement coming. Otherwise why rush Gausman up on short rest to face Verlander when we have capable starters already? Plus they don’t have that much wiggle room on who they can drop to give Gausman the spot. Should get very interesting.

    Also, a bit of a nitpick, but Bundy is still the franchise’s top prospect.

    • southpaw2k - May 13, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      Chen was originally supposed to start tomorrow, but I haven’t seen any reports indicating he’s been injured at all. If Gonzalez may be bumped to the bullpen, would Chen be bumped to Friday’s game?

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 13, 2014 at 2:58 PM

        That’s the general consensus at the moment. And maybe they simply decided Gausman was ready. The timing just seems odd without a corresponding move is all.

      • blabidibla - May 13, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        Reports have Chen going on Thursday.

      • jpalughi823 - May 13, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        the tigers destroy LHP this year & the royals are the worst in baseball, so he’ll definitely get the nod the next day

    • mmeyer3387 - May 13, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      I hope that you are wrong. However, you maybe right and this is about a trade, the I’d need a catcher.

  2. markofapro - May 13, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Go ahead and call James Andrews. It’s inevitable.

    • southpaw2k - May 13, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      “But Coach, my elbow is fine…”

      “I’M CALLING JIM ANDREWS NOW!”

  3. sdeweese18 - May 13, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Tigers kill lefties, KC (Orioles’ next series) struggles against lefties, so they’re saving Chen for the Royals series.

    • mmeyer3387 - May 13, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      You may be on to something. Someone needs to put that question to Buck.

  4. mmeyer3387 - May 13, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    I will be watching, l’ m coureios to see if Gausman has evolved enough for the big leagues. He’s got great stuff but he wasn’t’ able to consistently locate his pitches last year.

  5. pitchingmechanicstips - May 13, 2014 at 3:41 PM

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