Trevor Bauer was the No. 3 pick in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft and ever since then he has been considered one of the sport’s top prospects. After dominating the minor leagues for almost an entire year, Bauer is now set to make his major league debut this week.
According to a source close to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bauer will make his first big league start on Thursday against the Atlanta Braves. That news jives with what the Arizona Republic has reported.
Bauer was removed from his start at Triple-A Reno on Sunday after 50 pitches and just 2.2 innings. With Joe Saunders now out with an injury, the D’Backs have apparently decided it was time for the 21-year-old UCLA product to finally get his shot.
So far this year Bauer is 11-1 with a 2.23 ERA in 16 starts and leads all minor league pitchers with 116 strikeouts.
At 6’2″ and just 185 pounds, he doesn’t have the ideal size teams look for in workhorse No. 1 starters. That said, if his arm holds up to the tremendous strain he puts on it, Bauer has the stuff to be a stud for a long time.
Now it’s time to find out if he can dominate at the major league level and the Atlanta Braves will welcome him to the bigs on Thursday.
Bauer was recently named to participate in the 2012 All-Star Futures Game but that looks like it wont happen, since the future is now for the young hurler and the Diamondbacks.