So it appears it wasn’t just Double-A hitters that couldn’t hit Trevor Bauer. The D-Backs top prospect pitched 8 innings of 4-hit, 1-run ball while the Triple-A Reno Aces beat the Oklahoma City RedHawks 2-1.
Bauer being unhittable wasn’t what was the best sign, however. Control issues have been his one drawback this season and for at least one start, he kept them to a minimum–walking just one batter over 8 innings. He countered that single walk with an impressive 11 strikeouts. Between both Double and Triple-A, Bauer is now an outstanding 8-1 with a 1.60 ERA and has struck out 71 batters in 56.1 innings.
What remains to be seen is if Bauer’s trip to Reno is just a pitstop in his fast track to Arizona, or if the plan in the organization is to take as much time as possible with fine tuning Bauer and having him stick around at Triple-A for several starts. For now, the 5th rotation spot is claimed by fellow rookie Patrick Corbin. Corbin was unimpressive in his last start which would perhaps open up the door for a major league start for Bauer, however Daniel Hudson will re-claim that spot when he comes off the DL so timing will be key as to whether it will lead to a Bauer start.
Either way, it was perhaps the most impressive start for Bauer this season and he can’t be kept down for too long if he pitches like he did Friday night.