Trevor Bauer was taken with the No. 3 pick in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Most experts thought the UCLA product would be the first player from the 2011 class to reach the big leagues. Those predictions look like they are about ready to come true.
Bauer made three starts for High-A Visalia and struck out 17 batters in just nine innings. The righty was very impressive, and his fastball was topping out in the 96 to 98 mph range. Now Bauer is headed upward, as he has been promoted to the Double-A Mobile BayBears and will make his next start this week. It’s likely that with two good outings the 20-year-old with the funky delivery will earn himself a spot in Arizona’s bullpen in September.
Bauer signed soon after being drafted and he is still the highest pick to have started his professional career. He signed a deal that includes a $3.4 million bonus and could be worth twice that. He is already a part of the Diamondbacks’ 40-man roster, so a call-up for the stretch run is a distinct possibility.
With Arizona leading the National League West and all but guaranteed to be in the thick of the pennant race the rest of the way, the addition of Bauer could be a big boost to a bullpen whose 3.80 ERA ranks 20th in baseball.