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Trevor Bauer, the 2011 Golden Spikes Award winner, made his debut as a professional with a 37-pitch outing for the hi-A Visalia Rawhide tonight. The third overall pick in this year’s draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks faced eight batters, giving up one hit with one walk and three strikeouts.

The right-hander was impressive in a one-two-three first inning, striking out two while throwing 15 pitches. His workload was going to be limited to two innings or 40 pitches, whichever came first. The second inning saw Bauer retire the side just before the pitch limit, walking one and striking out one.

Overall Bauer threw 17 balls and 20 strikes.

Tonight was Bauer’s first game action since June 4th. The power was evident in the first inning but he struggled with command in the second. Still, the premium stuff was on display. In one first-inning sequence, he blazed one in at 93 MPH on one pitch, then came back for strike three with 83 MPH to paralyze the hitter.

For more on Bauer and Arizona’s plans for him, see Andrew Bettencourt’s article in the Visalia Times-Delta. Also, read Ashley Marshall’s full story on