MLB Draft 2011: Will D-Backs’ Trevor Bauer Be First Pick to Reach Majors?
MLB Draft 2011 Looks at the Diamondbacks’ Trevor Bauer With the No. 3 Selection
Arizona’s front office had a dream when the draft began. Since they had the third and seventh selections, they were hoping to get Danny Hultzen and Trevor Bauer with those selections. Seattle ruined that dream when they made Hultzen the second pick. This changed Arizona’s plans a bit as they took Bauer with the third pick.
Bauer is one of the more unique individuals in this draft class. He has an intense training regimen that includes doing long-toss at distances of 300 feet and he goes all out with his warm-up tosses in between innings.
All of these idiosyncrasies have served him well because his stuff is tremendous with a mid-90’s fastball, a knockout curveball and a good changeup. His command of the strike zone is already very good with a chance to become even better.
He was a workhorse in college, often throwing over 120 pitches per start, which did raise some red flags with a few teams. But there were some people, including Baseball America’s Aaron Fitt, who said that Bauer should have been the top player taken in this draft because he is that good.
The Diamondbacks didn’t care about the workload because they saw the stuff is so advanced and his command is already major league average, and he should be the first player taken from this draft to reach the big leagues.
He hasn’t had any injuries during his college career, so the insane workout and warm-up regimen is doing something right. If all goes well with his development, he could see the big leagues next July.
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