Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports
When it comes to elite young prospects, patience is a virtue.
Evidently, Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers is not a patient man. If he was, he would not have given up on Trevor Bauer so quickly.
That's essentially what Towers did when he agreed to send Bauer, the third overall pick of the 2011 draft, to the Cleveland Indians as part of a three-team trade that netted Cincinnati Reds shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius, lefty reliever Tony Sipp and first base prospect Lars Anderson.
Gregorius was the prize of the trade for Arizona, but there are some legit question marks about his future. He certainly has a major league defensive skills, but not so much a major league bat. He managed just a .699 OPS in his five years in the minors, as well as a mere .323 on-base percentage.
Bauer, meanwhile, dominated minor league hitters in his first full season as a professional in 2012, posting a 2.42 ERA and a 10.8 K/9 in 22 starts. He did have a rough stint in the majors, but indications are that wasn't what convinced the Diamondbacks to jettison him.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the problem was Bauer's attitude. He refused to fall in line when he was promoted to the majors, and he rubbed everyone the wrong way in doing so.
If Bauer does indeed have an attitude problem, it's up to the Indians to get it straightened out. What doesn't need to be straightened out, however, is Bauer's talent, which far exceeds that of Gregorius.
Bauer has the potential to be an ace, whereas Gregorius has the potential to be little more than the next Brendan Ryan.