With a doubleheader vs. the Padres scheduled for Wednesday due to Monday’s rainout, the Cleveland Indians have added Trevor Bauer to the active roster as the 2nd-game starter. The right-hander out of UCLA was the third overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. Bauer has had eight previous big-league starts over the past two seasons with sometimes disastrous results.
Drafted by the Diamondbacks after winning the 2011 Golden Spikes Award at UCLA, Bauer was quickly recognized for an unorthodox warmup routine and a strong mind for how to prepare. He was traded out of Arizona in December of 2012 in the three-team deal that sent Shin Soo Choo to the Reds and Didi Gregorius to the Diamondbacks.
This spring has been much more successful for Bauer and his first start at AAA Columbus was very solid, 6IP, 2H, 1ER, 2BB and 9 K’s. Wednesday would be his normal day to pitch so the rainout/rescheduled DH made sense for the #73 overall prospect in MLB.com rankings.