Trevor Bauer was drafted by the Diamondbacks in June and is already rocketing up the ladder, with a pending promotion to Double-A, the Arizona Republic reports.
Bauer was plucked with the No. 3 pick and agreed to a four year major-league deal at the end of July that will pay out just over $7 million. In the early going, it's been all good news for Bauer, who has made three starts for high-Class A. The 20-year-old has allowed three runs over nine innings, walking four and whiffing 17. A 43.6 percent strikeout rate is an astronomical number and shows that Bauer is ready to be elevated to the next level.
“The stuff is really good,” vice president Jerry Dipoto said, noting that Bauer's velocity has topped between 96-98 mph in his outings. “It took him a couple of starts to get the release point and the feel for where he was after not pitching for so long.”
Overall, Bauer has thrown 145 2/3 innings on the year, counting his 136 2/3 at UCLA.
“Ideally, I’d like to get him to end the season at 170,” Dipoto said. “But I’m not opposed to 175. I’m not a big fan of going much higher than that based on where his innings progression has been in the past."For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeonBaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.