Trevor Bauer has officially signed, though we don’t know the details of the contract, and he will be starting for High-A Visalia, of the California League, on Saturday night. He was drafted number three overall by the Diamondbacks in June’s MLB Draft.
Bauer was compared to Tim Lincecum (5’11” 165 when drafted) due to his frame, at 6’1″, 175 pounder with amazing stuff. His overall numbers were better than his teammate, number one overall pick Gerrit Cole, at UCLA. He may move as quickly as Lincecum, who made just 13 Minor League starts, something the Pirates should have taken into consideration when they drafted Cole, who has a projectable arm.
Bauer could be up by the middle of the 2012 season, settling in behind Daniel Hudson and Ian Kennedy, while fighting to get to the Majors before Tyler Skaggs and Jarrod Parker. The Diamondbacks will be starting to build a new group of “Babybacks,” a nickname the team was given when Carlos Quentin, Conor Jackson, Stephen Drew, and Chris Young were carrying the team several years ago. Bauer has top of the rotation potential. Keep an eye on him and the Diamondbacks in the coming years.