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2013 Stats (Triple-A): 6-7, 121.1 IP, 4.15 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, .266 BAA, 106/73 K/BB (22 GS)
2013 Stats (MLB): 1-2, 17 IP, 5.29 ERA, 1.82 WHIP, .238 BAA, 11/16 K/BB (4 GS)
The Indians were hoping that a change of scenery would help Bauer get his promising career back on the track. Unfortunately, in 2013, he ended up looking more like the pitcher the Diamondbacks went out of their way to trade over the offseason.
While he made four spot starts with the Indians over the first three months of the season, the 22-year-old labored through each of them. Even in his best showing on May 1 against the Philadelphia Phillies—when he allowed one hit over five scoreless innings—Bauer was predictably wild with six walks.
On June 28—his last appearance in the major leagues this season—the right-hander didn’t make it out of the first inning against the Chicago White Sox, as he allowed five earned runs on six hits (two home runs) and a walk in 0.2 innings.
Spending the final two months of the season back at Triple-A Columbus, Bauer posted a 4.18 ERA in 10 starts, including an ugly 5.46 ERA and 28/25 K/BB ratio over 29.2 innings in September.
Bauer is still a prospect and has the upside of a major-league starter. However, his stock has taken a huge hit since reaching the bigs with the Diamondbacks last season.
If he can improve his fastball command and learn to attack hitters, rather than try to out-sequence them, then his arsenal depth could serve as a weapon. But as of now, it consists of too many pitches for him to think about when the focus should be on his fastball command at this point, above all else.
Bauer’s no longer a top-50 prospect for me and, quite frankly, he has a long journey toward redeeming himself.