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

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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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered ever World Series since 2010. The former Indiana University baseball player now lives on the north... Full Bio

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