Also in the Aug. 15 Issue: No. 3 MLB Draft Pick Trevor Bauer Will Not be Babied, Why Jay Cutler is Misunderstood, Why a Die-Hard ‘Bama Fan Allegedy Poisoned Toomer’s OaksPosted: August 10, 2011
Why the No. 3 Overall MLB Draft Pick, Trevor Bauer, Won’t Be Babied
You Can Call Jay Cutler Arrogant and Stubborn, But Don’t Say He’s Not Tough
Why Did a Die-Hard Alabama Fan Allegedly Poison Toomer’s Oaks?
In addition to senior baseball writer Tom Verducci’s cover story on Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, this week’s Aug. 15 issue—on newsstands now—includes:
Trevor Bauer Will Not Be Babied – Lee Jenkins (@SI_LeeJenkins)
Young power arms are frequently coddled, but that’s not for Trevor Bauer, the Diamondbacks’ first-round pick (No. 3 overall). Bauer throws at least six days a week with baseballs, weighted balls or medicine balls. He longtosses 380 feet, even before starts. On his first warmup toss between innings, he crow hops across the mound and unleashes a fastball more than 100 miles per hour. The results speak for themselves: This past season at UCLA, Bauer led the NCAA in strikeouts and held opposing hitters to a .154 batting average. More remarkably, his last nine outings were all complete games and in only one did he throw fewer than 130 pitches. After each of them he was out longtossing the next day (page 36).
During his pre draft interviews Bauer says he told team representatives: “This is what I do, it’s what I believe in, and if you let me stick with it, I’ll pitch in the major leagues for 20 years. Some [teams] were open. Some weren’t. But they needed to know what they were getting into.”
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On the Tablets: Arizona will likely call up Bauer when rosters expand on Sept. 1—not just to get him some experience but also to, hopefully, have him make an impact in October. Here are hot spots of five late-season call-ups who influenced a pennant race.