Bauer’s first time feels good

Feb. 21, 2012

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — With manager Kirk Gibson and general manager

Kevin Towers watching closely, Diamondbacks top pitching prospect

Trevor Bauer threw his first major league bullpen session Tuesday at

Salt River Fields.

Bauer, picked third overall in the 2011 Major

League Baseball First Year Player Draft last June, is in major league

camp at just 21 years old and looking to make an impression. The

right-hander threw for about 10 minutes Tuesday, the second day of

D-backs camp.

“The ball felt good coming out of my hand,” Bauer

said. “I felt like my stuff was OK, inconsistent mechanically, and

obviously (there were) location problems. First one of the spring, but I

was encouraged about how it went.”

Bauer maintained a throwing

routine through the winter, so conditioning won’t be as much of a

concern this spring. Bauer can instead focus more on mechanics and


“I’m pretty much ready to go,” Bauer said. “I’ve just got to figure out how to locate the ball again.”


said it was a relief to get the first bullpen session over with, but

that he hasn’t been nervous about the baseball side of things in his

first spring training. More nerve-wracking for him has been figuring out

the logistics of big league spring training — schedules, clubhouse

etiquette and apparently timing.

Bauer arrived to the first day

of workouts Monday in time to be dressed well ahead of the team’s first

meeting, but that apparently wasn’t good enough for the rest of the

clubhouse. The rookie took some good-natured ribbing and made sure to

arrive a couple hours early Tuesday.

Gibson and Towers sat just

behind Bauer as he threw Tuesday morning. Shortly after, they got a look

at another top pitching prospect in Tyler Skaggs. The 20-year-old

left-hander was acquired in 2010 when the D-backs dealt Dan Haren to the

Angels and is in major league camp for the first time.

Gibson was impressed with Bauer and Skaggs on Tuesday but didn’t put a lot of stock in the early camp session.


were prepared obviously,” Gibson said. “You don’t want to get too

excited about it. They threw the ball good, we all know what there

abilities are. We’ve got to keep them focused on what we’re trying to do


The D-backs rotation appears set, so it will be tough for

Bauer or Skaggs to crack the major league roster. Towers on Monday left

a small window open, also accounting for possible injuries.


last thing we want to do is send a message to guys like Trevor Bauer

and Tyler Skaggs and Wade Miley that they’ve got no chance here,” Towers

said. “We want it to be a very competitive spring. You never know when

there might be an injury, you never know when a guy may miss a turn

early in April. We want those kids ready and hungry.”

–Tyler Lockman