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.