Trevor Bauer’s spot start for the injured Tyler Skaggs might give Diamondback’s manager Kirk Gibson something to think about.
Bauer was dominant in his first action against major league hitters, retiring all six Rockies he faced–two by strikeout and four by groundballs. Bauer threw only 22 pitches and needed just 7 to retire the Rockies in the first inning. Meanwhile, Josh Collmenter–the man who
stands directly in Bauer’s path to the big leagues–struggled against the Giants in Scottsdale, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks over 2 innings. While Collmenter firmly has the final rotation spot locked up, there’s little doubt that Bauer is on a fast track to the majors. Bauer only made a cameo appearance in the minors last season, but he did have three seasons of college experience before being drafted by the D-Backs. He’ll likely start the season in the minors for some extra seasoning, but look for a call-up before too long.
While the D-Backs bats struggled in their 1-1 tie against the Rockies, they broke-out against the Giants in a 9-6 win–including 4 hits and 1 run over two innings against Tim Lincecum. Justin Upton was especially impressive, going 3-3 with a run scored and Chris Young went 2-3 with a home run. Ryan Roberts also homered for the D-Backs.
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