March 20, 2012; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (61) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
Reports are coming out that Trevor Bauer, electric right hander drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2011, will make his major league debut this coming Thursday. He'll face the Braves in third game of a three game series. Jack MacGruder, of FSN Arizona, appears to the first to break the news, but other sites, including NBC Sports, are reporting as well.
We should have known something was up, given that he was pulled from his start this afternoon after only 2.2 innings and 50 pitches thrown. It's unknown how long the start will be, given that Joe Saunders' injury doesn't appear to be serious, but it might depend solely on how well Bauer can adjust to the Majors. More details after the jump.
The Free Bauer movement can take a break, now that their favorite prospect will finally get his chance to bring his special style to the Major Leagues. Since being drafted last year 3rd overall, fans have been clamoring for Bauer to get called up, first for the playoff push in 2011, and this year to help bolster a rotation that has been shaky at best.
Bauer would join Wade Miley as the rookie members of the rotation, making a young starting staff even younger. The UCLA grad has dominated 2 levels of minor league play this year, with 116 strikeouts and a gaudy 10.9 K/9 ratio. His combined ERA has been 2.19, and even the supposedly hitter's league of the Pacific Coast League hasn't been able to stop the Bauer Outage. His line in 7 games for Reno: 2.79 ER and 56 K. If he has anything to work on, it's his tendency to use too many pitches, and subsequently walk batters.