RHP Trevor Bauer, the #3 overall selection in the 2011 First Year Player Draft, was called up by the Indians on Tuesday and had an excellent outing in a 6-2 Tribe win over the Tigers. The 23-year old out of UCLA went six strong innings, outdueling Detroit’s Justin Verlander as he left with a 5-2 lead.
Bauer was drafted by the Diamondbacks and quickly made it to the bigs, getting four major league starts in 2012. But control problems and maybe a rift in philosophy with the Diamondbacks and/or manager Kirk Gibson put the phenom in the doghouse and he found himself traded to Cleveland in December of 2012.
Bad mechanics led to a rough 2013 for Bauer, but he has retooled this year and has had a very good year at AAA Columbus, going 4-1 with a 2.15 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP and 14/44 BB/K’s over 46 IP.
While his opponent Verlander struggled on Tuesday, Bauer was in control with 6IP, 7H, 2ER, 3BB and 5K’s. Of his 95 pitches, 62 went for strikes.
Bauer famously had his own workout routine that included long-toss before games where he stretched the distance across the outfield until he was throwing from foul pole to foul pole. He was dominant at UCLA, being named the Golden Spikes Award winner his senior season, but he hasn’t been consistent as a pro until this season.