RHP Trevor Bauer, the third overall pick of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, will make his MLB debut in a start Thursday for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 2011 Golden Spikes Award winner has risen quickly through the minor leagues while posting dominant numbers at three different levels in less than one calendar year.
Recently promoted to AAA Reno, Bauer made eight starts there and went 4-0 with 22 BB and 56 K’s over 44 2/3 IP. In his three minor league stops, Bauer has gone 11-1 with a 2.23 ERA and opponents from hiA to AAA have batted a combined .220 against him.
The decision to call up Bauer was made before Daniel Hudson came out of Tuesday night’s game against Atlanta with forearm stiffness. The Diamondbacks rode a strong starting rotation last season to the NL west crown and even dealt Jarrod Parker to the A’s for Trevor Cahill in the offseason. This season has been a rough go for ace Ian Kennedy, who checks in at 5-7, and Hudson, who has only pitched in 9 games to this point. Wade Miley has picked up some of the slack at 9-3 with a 2.13 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. Cahill has been average at 6-5 over 14 starts.
It was hoped that Bauer would join a powerhouse rotation but at this point he may be needed to keep the Diamondbacks afloat. His first big-league test will be against the Braves in Atlanta.