As a part of IBI’s beginning of season festivities, we have preview capsules on all 54 players currently in major league camp with at least some chance of helping the big league team. The next batch of these running today are the starting pitchers on the 40-man roster.
There is just not much more to it; spring training is here and real baseball is just around the corner. Enjoy!
Trevor Bauer, RHP
The arrival of Trevor Bauer as a part of the Shin-Soo Choo trade in December 2012 was supposed to give Cleveland the kind of dominant pitcher the minor league system had not produced in some time. What happened instead, though, was Bauer struggled in his brief time in the majors and spent most of 2013 scuffling in the minors. Whereas last year the expectation for Bauer was to help stabilize and lead the rotation for years to come, now the question is whether the right-hander can even be a competent major league pitcher.
Bauer spent 2013 attempting to change his pitching motion (bringing the phrase “neuromuscular programming” into our consciousness), and while the changes may have been intended to improve the right-hander’s abilities, the early results were hard to swallow. He only made it through 17.0 innings in four major league starts, walking 16 batters while allowing 10 earned runs three home runs. The results in the minors were similarly disheartening (4.15 ERA, 5.08 FIP, 7.86 SO/9, and 5.41 BB/9 in 121.1 innings), bringing us to a 2014 season where Bauer is expected to open the 2014 season in the minors.
Now, Bauer is still quite young (he turned 23 years old in January) and he is still the same pitcher who was selected third overall in the 2011 draft. The right-hander’s rapid ascension through the minor leagues masks how young he still is and how Bauer still has time to right the ship. It is entirely possible that Bauer is thinking too much about pitching and tinkering too much, but it is better to have someone who cares too much about trying to get it right than someone who does not care enough. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, March 4, 2014