PHOENIX -- An hour and half before Tuesday's first pitch at Chase Field, a large crowd gathered around the Diamondbacks bullpen in left field. It was an unusual sight and could only mean one thing: Trevor Bauer was pitching.
Fans may have enjoyed watching Bauer's famous stretching and warmup routine more than what the rookie did in the game, as he struggled and exited early in his home debut and the Padres won 9-5.
Bauer's Chase Field debut was even shorter than his major league debut last Thursday in Atlanta. He lasted just 3 13 innings Tuesday, giving up six earned runs on six hits, four walks and four strikeouts -- hardly what the buzzing home crowd had hoped to see.
Two starts is far too small of a sample size to make concrete assertions about Bauer's ability and future in the big leagues, but in those outings one thing has been clear: Bauer has some catching up to do.
Bauer, just 21 years old, is the first player taken in the 2011 First Year Player Draft to...