April 20, 2014

MLB News: Indians’ Trevor Bauer makes ESPN’s “falling prospects” list

Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer is listed as one of eight prospects who are listed by ESPN’s Keith Law as having disappointing seasons, forcing him well down the list heading into the 2014 MLB season.

“While Didi Gregorius hasn’t exactly lit up the National League, so far he’s provided a better return to Arizona than Bauer has to Cleveland, which is more a function of how bad Bauer’s been since the trade,” says Law. “Bauer has two major issues — his velocity is way down, and he can’t make an adjustment when it’s clear that he can’t locate near the strike zone. Bauer was still sitting in the 92-93 range in his few outings in the majors, but in Triple-A he has been more in the 89-90 range, which, for a guy who hit 97 mph regularly in college but never had great life on the fastball, is a serious problem.”

Law says that Bauer is heading for a fifth-starter-at-best career path if the previously headstrong starter does not let the Indians attempt to coach him into a more refined thrower. Bauer throws a bevy of pitches, so reinventing himself is not out of the question. He will, however, be staring down the barrel of a career that no longer allows him to simply entice batters to swing and pitches that would otherwise be balls.

In a recent edition of WFNY’s “The Diff,” Bauer was categorized as a potential No. 2 starter with control issues. Heading into the 2013 season, Bauer was ranked the 17th-best prospect in all of baseball. He was acquired this past off-season in a three-team deal which saw the Indians send outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to the Cincinnati Reds.

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  • Hopwin

    Cavlicade? Cavalcade!

  • boomhauertjs

    I guess the Diamondbacks weren’t so dumb…

  • http://www.twitter.com/dconeil Hamsterdam

    Mark Shapiro and Co. got fleeced on a trade? No way. The Indians talent evaluation wasn’t that good? Pssssh. Carlos Carrasco, Jason Donald and Lou Marson will disagree with that. Matt LaPorta too!

  • BROSEPH

    The Indians still got the best of that trade. Yeah, it’d be nice to have Choo’s bat in right field right now, but they didn’t think they’d be legitimate contenders this season anyway and Choo would walk in free agency leaving us with nothing. Instead they were able to get Stubbs, a top pitching prospect, and two relievers (one who has been rather good), all for a 1 year Choo and Tony Sipp? Sign me up any day.

  • BROSEPH

    1. Bauer is still young
    2. Every talent evaluator in baseball was wrong (if Bauer is, indeed, a bust)

  • MrCleaveland

    At least five typos/misspellings in there.Time to get the ol’ spell-check tuned up.

  • Harv 21

    Bauer has slipped in a writer’s ranking. This is trouble. Real trouble.

  • Steve

    A scout’s rankings.

  • nj0

    We also gave up Donald and lost a 1st round pick that we would have gotten as comp for Choo leaving. But I agree with your assessment. Shaw and Albers haven’t been great, but I don’t know what we would have used to eat up those 80+ IPs. Stubbs has been solid and given us a lot of versatility in the outfield. Bauer is a pitching prospect. Those guys are always a roll of the dice.

  • nj0

    I find it funny that you found a way to criticize the front office’s talent evaluation and ability to acquire players through trade in an article that mentions Shin-Soo Choo.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Indians need to trade with Seattle more often even a rental of Morse would have been nice.

  • JK

    Goodie.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m guessing Mr. Bauer isn’t pleased by Salazar’s promotion either. if so lets hope he uses it as fuel to improve. On second thought I sense a diss song coming.

  • BROSEPH

    I had forgotten about Jason Donald included. Not much loss there, as the acquiring of Aviles and Raburn has greatly improved the infield depth over what Donald would have provided.

    As for a late first round compensation pick, had we gotten it, it’s not something that would be able to help in the next 3 years so it’s not that big of a loss in the near future when the supposed “window” is open.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    There was a reason Arizona jettisoned him so quickly and it was probably more then just his attitude.

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/ Scott @ WFNY

    The site has been acting up today but saved/published a pre-edited version. It should be fixed.

  • http://www.topvelocity.net/ Brent Pourciau

    We predicted Trevor’s decline this season on TopV http://www.topvelocity.net/forum/talk-pitching/trevor-bauers-new-mechanics/ . Trevor made a big mechanics change before this season which has been the reason for his velocity decline and his ineffectiveness.