Diamondbacks promote top prospect Trevor Bauer ... to Triple-A

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer
Trevor Bauer was the third overall pick in last June's draft and one of the very best pitching prospects in all of baseball. He began the season in Double-A and has been lights-out, so word of a promotion was bound to come soon. The disappointing news for many, however, is that Bauer didn't make the leap straight to the majors. He's been promoted to Triple-A Reno, according to the Jackson Generals director of broadcasting, who was disappointed there wouldn't be a Bauer vs. Danny Hultzen (Jackson is Seattle's affiliate).

Bauer, 21, was 7-1 with a 1.68 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 60 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings in Double-A this year. The 26 walks are just a bit much, but otherwise there's really nothing else for him to prove there. So he'll move to the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League to further hone his skills before the D-Backs eventually promote him to the show. Either an injury or continued struggles for the big club could force that promotion quite soon.

Bauer is a 6-foot-1 right hander out of UCLA who has drawn comparisons to Tim Lincecum based upon his ability to generate great power from a diminutive frame. Dominating the competition is nothing new, as Bauer won the Golden Spikes Award last season -- which is given to the top player in college baseball.

When Bauer is promoted, he won't get Stephen Strasburg-level hype, but there will still be tons of national fanfare.

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