You may have heard of Indians’ pitching prospect Trevor Bauer when he was drafted out of UCLA because of his excellent fastball and unorthodox mechanics. You may also have heard of him when he debuted for the Diamondbacks last season as a heralded draft pick who some thought to be the next Tim Lincecum. Or maybe he crossed your radar when he went 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA and was subsequently traded to the Indians this past offseason.
Bauer started for the Indians for the first time Saturday night and, well, it was awkward. Bauer walked seven Tampa Bay Rays (including the first four batters of the game) and threw 105 pitches in just five innings. He gave up three runs on two hits and even had a no-hitter into the fourth inning. Basically he showed exactly what he was in Arizona: a pitcher with electric stuff and absolutely no control.
The Indians optioned Bauer back to triple-A Columbus on Sunday to make room for Carlos Carrasco.
The idea is that one day Bauer will figure out a way to ha...