Arizona Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers spoke earlier this week about hot prospect Trevor Bauer and indicated that the heavy workload of their top draft pick might keep him from being called up in the waning days of the season. Bauer, the Golden Spikes Award winner from UCLA, was taken third overall in this year’s First Year Player Draft and has pitched at two minor league stops since then, A and AA.
Bauer’s pitching regimen is a bit on the unconventional side in today’s game of pitcher development and the heavy work load he has already taken on this year is part of Towers’ concern. The phenom’s last two minor league outings have been rough.
But Towers says the poor recent results aren’t the reason that he wouldn’t be called up, rather the workload.
And typical of Bauer, he says the problem is that he hasn’t pitched enough, pitch counts limiting his effectiveness.
This situation is detailed in Nick Piecoro’s AZCentral.com blog piece that analyzes the Diamondbacks’ stunning success at the plate as they turn their lineup over throughout the course of a game. Good read.