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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA
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Birth Date1-17-1991
Height6' 1"
Weight190 lbs
Age27 years, 10 months, 29 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-1.62014
0.82015
1.62016
3.22017
5.72018
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

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cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2012 ARI MLB 4 4 16.3 1 2 0 14 13 17 2 .254 103 7.7 7.2 1.1 9.4 48% .273 .284 1.65 5.21 6.06 110 5.91 135.4 -0.1
2013 CLE MLB 4 4 17.0 1 2 0 15 16 11 3 .253 94 7.9 8.5 1.6 5.8 36% .240 .320 1.82 7.07 5.29 126 6.77 162.1 -0.4
2014 CLE MLB 26 26 153.0 5 8 0 151 60 143 16 .262 104 8.9 3.5 0.9 8.4 37% .312 .275 1.38 4.04 4.18 109 5.66 138.9 -1.6
2015 CLE MLB 31 30 176.0 11 12 0 152 79 170 23 .259 105 7.8 4.0 1.2 8.7 41% .276 .250 1.31 4.30 4.55 104 4.69 109.5 0.8
2016 CLE MLB 35 28 190.0 12 8 0 179 70 168 20 .257 112 8.5 3.3 0.9 8.0 49% .292 .245 1.31 3.95 4.26 98 4.60 101.9 1.6
2017 CLE MLB 32 31 176.3 17 9 0 181 60 196 25 .263 105 9.2 3.1 1.3 10.0 47% .337 .259 1.37 3.86 4.19 83 3.95 84.1 3.2
2018 CLE MLB 28 27 175.3 12 6 1 134 57 221 9 .256 106 6.9 2.9 0.5 11.3 45% .297 .216 1.09 2.47 2.21 71 2.48 55.5 5.7
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Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2011 VIS A+ 3 3 9.0 0 1 0 7 4 17 1 .260 99 7.0 4.0 1.0 17.0 44% .353 .205 1.22 2.94 3.00 0 0.00 0.0
2011 MOB AA 4 4 16.7 1 1 0 20 8 26 2 .261 110 10.8 4.3 1.1 14.0 48% .429 .279 1.68 3.53 7.56 0 0.00 0.0
2012 ARI MLB 4 4 16.3 1 2 0 14 13 17 2 .254 103 7.7 7.2 1.1 9.4 48% .273 .284 1.65 5.21 6.06 110 5.91 135.4
2012 MOB AA 8 8 48.3 7 1 0 33 26 60 1 .256 104 6.1 4.8 0.2 11.2 48% .286 .208 1.22 2.66 1.68 0 0.00 0.0
2012 RNO AAA 14 14 82.0 5 1 0 74 35 97 8 .269 110 8.1 3.8 0.9 10.6 46% .319 .238 1.33 3.84 2.85 0 0.00 0.0
2013 CLE MLB 4 4 17.0 1 2 0 15 16 11 3 .253 94 7.9 8.5 1.6 5.8 36% .240 .320 1.82 7.07 5.29 126 6.77 162.1
2013 COH AAA 22 22 121.3 6 7 0 119 73 106 14 .254 102 8.8 5.4 1.0 7.9 43% .307 .286 1.58 5.08 4.15 0 0.00 0.0
2014 CLE MLB 26 26 153.0 5 8 0 151 60 143 16 .262 104 8.9 3.5 0.9 8.4 37% .312 .275 1.38 4.04 4.18 109 5.66 138.9
2014 COH AAA 7 7 46.0 4 1 0 36 14 44 5 .251 107 7.0 2.7 1.0 8.6 40% .263 .206 1.09 3.82 2.15 103 3.88 83.0
2015 CLE MLB 31 30 176.0 11 12 0 152 79 170 23 .259 105 7.8 4.0 1.2 8.7 41% .276 .250 1.31 4.30 4.55 104 4.69 109.5
2016 CLE MLB 35 28 190.0 12 8 0 179 70 168 20 .257 112 8.5 3.3 0.9 8.0 49% .292 .245 1.31 3.95 4.26 98 4.60 101.9
2017 CLE MLB 32 31 176.3 17 9 0 181 60 196 25 .263 105 9.2 3.1 1.3 10.0 47% .337 .259 1.37 3.86 4.19 83 3.95 84.1
2018 CLE MLB 28 27 175.3 12 6 1 134 57 221 9 .256 106 6.9 2.9 0.5 11.3 45% .297 .216 1.09 2.47 2.21 71 2.48 55.5

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2012 323 0.4272 0.3870 0.8000 0.5870 0.2378 0.8889 0.6364 0.2000
2013 350 0.4457 0.3686 0.8217 0.5962 0.1856 0.8710 0.6944 0.1783
2014 2566 0.4649 0.4583 0.7840 0.6362 0.3037 0.8735 0.6211 0.2160
2015 2860 0.4587 0.4490 0.7702 0.6486 0.2797 0.8696 0.5751 0.2298
2016 2997 0.5035 0.4388 0.7703 0.6229 0.2520 0.8404 0.5947 0.2297
2017 3141 0.4706 0.4180 0.7593 0.6022 0.2544 0.8607 0.5461 0.2407
2018 2850 0.4653 0.4491 0.6836 0.6026 0.3156 0.8285 0.4428 0.3164
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-06-28 2012-06-28 DTD 0 0 - Groin Cramp Bothered Throughout Year - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 CLE $6,525,000
2017 CLE $3,550,000
2016 CLE $1,697,500
2015 CLE $1,940,000
2014 CLE $1,183,334
2013 CLE $1,183,333
2012 ARI $1,183,333
2011 ARI $900,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$11,637,500
2018Current$6,525,000
8 yrPvs + Cur$18,162,500
8 yrTotal$18,162,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 158 dWasserman Media Group1 year/$6.525M (2018)

Details
  • 1 year/$6.525M (2018). Won arbitration with Cleveland 2/15/18 ($6.525M-$5.3M).
  • 1 year/$3.55M (2017). Re-signed by Cleveland 1/12/17 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1,697,500 (2016). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/16.
  • 1 year/$1.94M (2015). Re-signed by Cleveland 1/16/15.
  • 4 years/$4.45M (2011-14). Signed Major League contract with Arizona 7/25/11. $3.4M signing bonus. 11:$50,000, 12:$333,333, 13:$333,333, 14:$333,334. Salaries in majors: 11:$0.414M, 12:$0.6M, 13:$1.325M, 14:$1.575M. Acquired by Cleveland in trade from Arizona 12/11/12.
  • Drafted by Arizona 2011 (1-3) (UCLA).

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .236 .317 .385 .247
11 vs R (Multi) .253 .327 .404 .254
18 Split (Multi) -.017 -.011 -.019 -.007
19 LgAvg (Multi) .006 .020 .015 .013
30 vs L (2016) .239 .305 .385 .237
31 vs R (2016) .257 .333 .399 .252
38 Split (2016) -.018 -.027 -.015 -.015
39 LgAvg (2016) .003 .018 .013 .012

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-08-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has Trevor Bauer finally figured it out?
(Sean99 from Chicago)
I think that every time it appears that Trevor Bauer has figured it out, he'll overthink it, and wind up not figuring it out again. I know he's a delete-your-account kind of guy on Twitter, but when he's pitching well, I find him one of the more entertaining pitchers in the game. I just don't have confidence that guy will stay with us very long, and he'll go back to being the guy who had a 6+ ERA in June. (Rob Mains)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Mike! Which AL starters do you see having a chance to take a big step up this year?? Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
(DJ from Dallas)
I'm a big Danny Salazar fan and could see him jumping up into the top tier. Taijuan Walker is another one I like, although he's no one's sleeper. Jumping further down, Trevor Bauer and Eduardo Rodriguez have the skills, while Jesse Hahn is someone I really want to believe in if he stays healthy. (Mike Gianella)
2016-01-14 20:00:00 (link to chat)Keeper league, last two spots: Matt Moore, Clay Buchholz, Trevor Bauer, or Nate Eovaldi
(GoTribe06 from Lynchburg)
Bauer and Eovaldi although they're all pretty close. (Mike Gianella)
2015-11-05 12:00:00 (link to chat)What is the current trade value for Dylan Bundy? Upside is still there but injuries and now the exhaustion of all option years makes him a unique asset. If the O's don't think he is quite ready could you see a non-contender (which the O's might be, but anyway) paying anything significant to acquire him?
(Dan Weigel from PA)
Man, that's a tough question. Off the top of my head I can't think of any easy comps for Bundy right now... maybe Trevor Bauer when the Diamondbacks sold him for pennies on the dollar. I'm a big believer in Bundy, and he's looked good in the AFL. I don't love the idea of him being pushed to the bullpen, but he can't go back to AAA so the O's hands are tied.

Expect him to get the Gausman treatment, with starts coming around April/May. If he does well enough he'll either get flipped at the deadline, or be in the rotation for good. (Jeff Long)
2015-09-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are candidates to become the Jake Arrieta of 2016??
(Rotoman from NYC)
Well, what was Arrieta? A starter whose good stuff had been sabotaged by other factors for years. If you go by that definition, then you get a candidate pool including guys like Trevor Bauer, Jarred Cosart, Willy Peralta, and so on. Are any of those guys likely to make an Arrieta-like leap? No, otherwise Arrieta wouldn't be special, but that's the class we're talking about if we stay true to the above description. (R.J. Anderson)
2015-07-02 15:00:00 (link to chat)Who's mechanics have taken the biggest step forward/jump back this year from the 2015 SP Guide?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
I will have to give this one more thought in order to have a better answer, particularly on the jump back side, but I have been impressed with the continued improvement of Trevor Bauer's stability and repetition as well as Shelby Miller's ability to shed the inconsistencies of 2014. Both pitchers still have work to do, but they are both young/advanced enough to endure the growing pains at the highest level without harming their long-term development. (Doug Thorburn)
2015-04-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Doug, thanks for the chat! What are your thoughts on Perry Husband's idea of Effective Velocity? I've read a few articles back from the summer and fall of 2014 and it seems to make a lot of sense to me. Seems that one of your mentors (I believe), Tom House is a believer too. It makes Trevor Bauer all the more intriguing to me as well. Do you know of any other pitchers who openly advocate it?
(Shawn from Office)
I'm a huge fan of EV, and Perry has done some fantastic research on the subject. I remember when he brought the info to us at the NPA 10+ years ago, and though he originally discovered the phenomenon for hitting applications, we immediately saw the value for pitchers. There are some pitchers that have had an intuitive sense for EV (Maddux was famous for this, had sequences based on batter reaction time and pitch location), andI think that the infomation can be even more "effectiuve" when the catcher and coach are on board. (Doug Thorburn)
2015-04-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)Shane Greene, Jesse Hahn, TJ House, Rubby DeLaRosa, Anthony DeScalafani, Jimmy Nelson, Zach McAllister, Trevor Bauer. If one of these is a top 20 pitcher this year, who is it?
(Matt from NJ)
Gimme Bauer in that scenario. It assumes a huge leap in development, but he has the tools to make that dream a possibility. I also like the upsides of Rubby, Hahn, and Desclafani. (Doug Thorburn)
2015-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is the trade value of a player like Trevor Bauer?
(Brian from Fort Worth)
Low right now, and I think it would be a bad idea to trade him any time soon. He's clearly got exceptional potential, and could put it together to become a great pitcher, but we haven't seen that yet (at least, not more than flashes of it). Far better to wait until he puts up a superlative year or two, then trade him while the value is higher. (Rob Arthur)
2015-01-15 18:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Trevor Bauer and Carlos Martinez? Do you see either putting it all together and developing into a frontline starting pitcher?
(Ryan from San Diego)
I have little faith that Bauer becomes anything but a #4 starter, but then again, I've always been the very low man there. I just don't see the control/command developing enough for the pitch mix to work at a higher level. With Martinez, I still have faith it can work as a #2 or #3 starter if the Cardinals want to give him the developmental opportunities in the rotation. (Mark Anderson)
2015-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Most difficult pitcher to analyze from a PITCHf/x perspective?
(DBITLefty from Floating )
Trevor Bauer, too many offspeed pitches.
Odrisamer Despaigne, too many arm angles.
Greg Maddux, was just a cloud.
Yu Darvish, similar to Bauer but with more varieties in more places. (Harry Pavlidis)
2015-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will the Screwball ever make it back into the regular arsenal of an MLB starter, or is it pretty much a dead pitch at this point?
(Edwin from Milwaukee)
Hector Santiago throws one, not very often. Trevor Bauer's "reverse slider" is a modified screwball. It seems to have gone the way of the Dodo. Is it dead? Nothing is baseball is dead forever. (Harry Pavlidis)
2015-01-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)Trevor Bauer is so smart and has so many pitches. Great pitching coaches in CLE too. Seems to have stepped up last year. Is there reason for optimism on Bauer this year? Might he make another step and become a solid SP3 at least?
(tsweber from Reno)
Bauer could certainly take another step forward. I have long contended that he needed to simplify his delivery and approach in order to master the basics of consistency, and then he could complicate things. He really simplified things last season, and he is in a great organization to optimize his development path. The ceiling is still tremendous, and now he has a greater chance of hitting that ceiling. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-10-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who are a few pitchers that you saw take a significant step forward/backward with their mechanics in 2014?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Steps forward: Trevor Bauer with his balance and simplified delivery, Yordano Ventura with his stability, Jake Arrieta with his momentum and transition through lift-and-stride, and Carlos Carrasco with his ditching of the windup and execution from the stretch (esp repetition).

Steps back: Danny Salazar in nearly all phases but especially stability, Justin Masterson with his vertical

The number of current and former Indians on this list is purely indidental (Doug Thorburn)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Craig, thanks for doing this chat. I've got a fantasy trade question for you regarding a dynasty league. Would you trade Jorge Soler, Trevor Bauer, and a 2nd round pick for Starlin Castro? Honestly, I've got no clue what the 2nd round pick will end up being. It's a late 2nd rounder, and it all depends on who Yahoo adds. My team is in a complete rebuild, but SS doesn't look like it'll be filled until Carlos Correa comes up. My other prospects include Seager, but he could move to 3B, and Baez doesn't look like he'll retain SS eligibility. Chris Taylor is also there, not sure he's the answer though. What do you think? Accept or Decline?
(Fred from Vegas)
My pleasure, Fred. Thanks for coming!

I honestly think I might hold on to your side of the deal. I like Castro plenty and Shortstops are hard to come by but I think you can get by with a Chris Taylor, and Soler/Bauer still have plenty of room to grow. I think Soler contributes by early next season (Craig Goldstein)
2014-06-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are a couple guys that have take large steps forward for you compared to last season? Anyone take a step backwards?
(Charles from MA)
Steps forward: Ventura, Trevor Bauer, Tyler Skaggs. Kluber was this good (mechanically) last year.
Steps backwards: Danny Salazar

The high fre (Doug Thorburn)
2014-06-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)What sort of progress do you see former-prospect Trevor Bauer making on the MLB learning curve?
(RatedRookie from Atlanta)
He's been willing to attack the strike zone more, which was a mental barrier rather than a physical one. That's huge for a notoriously stubborn player. (Jeff Moore)
2014-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Trevor Bauer has figured things out? Will he be successful when he pitches in the majors?
(Chad from Surrey, BC)
It sure seems like he has. I dont know if he'll be successful or not. No one does. But he's throwing a ton more strikes, which was his biggest flaw. Anyone with talent that corrects their biggest flaw has to have some kind of success, right? (Jeff Moore)
2014-05-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Trevor Bauer fixed?
(Cleon from Queens)
There is never an endpoint to "fixed" - pitchers are constantly evolving. But his alterations since last season are a giant step in the right direction, and once he has mastered this simplified delivery then I think that he that can revisit the more complicated aspects of his approach. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which SP will have a greater impact in the majors this season, Trevor Bauer or Marcus Stroman?
(bmccabe from New York)
Toughie. Bauer looked pretty good in his start. Better than I'd seen him in the majors. Flip a coin. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-04-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)Have a couple AL only guys to try and buy low on at this point?
(russellj90 from Iowa)
How about Trevor Bauer, Jonathan Villar and Craig Gentry? Not Mike Moustakas, unfortunately. Stay away. (Ben Carsley)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Paul, Has Trevor Bauer figured things out? Would you drop one of Masterson, Miley or Smyly to add him?
(Rup from Lorton, VA)
Probably not ENTIRELY figured out just yet and thus I would not cut either of those three. (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Trevor Bauer is likely to make a start in tomorrows double header. Have you seen anything from him that suggests he's ready to harness his stuff and be a quality big leaguer? Does he still have TORP potential?
(flashtheleather from Ranging to shallow left)
Back to Bauer for a second, because I forgot to mention the adjustments that he has made since last season. He has quieted the drop-n-drive in his delivery since last year, with better balance and improved posture, though his momentum has also been compromised. I think that it will take time to harness his new timing pattern, and the adjustments should have both good (repetition) and bad (RP depth/deception) ripple effects on his performance. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Trevor Bauer will ever reach his ceiling?
(Ned from cubicle)
Very difficult to say what his ceiling is at this point. There is a massive gap between his theoretical ceiling and his floor, and the ability to climb the developmental ladder depends on his adjustments and physical progression. His hyper-awareness of mechanics and over-complicated repertoire open up the gamut of possibilities, with the potential for wild swings in his performance over time. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-03-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you like best as a potential late-rd lottery ticket- Martin Perez, Trevor Bauer, Brett Anderson, or Eraser (keeper lg)?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Perez or Eraser. Perez doesn't get much love, but I'm a fan! (Paul Sporer)
2014-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Trevor Bauer's "new" mechanics on wednesday?
(shakyhands from NJ)
With the caveats of spring and the SSS of a single inning, I was impressed. He had quieted the drop in his drive and his stability looked much stronger than the past, which gains weight given how early we are in the training phase of Spring Training. He was slower to the plate during his first gear of momentum, and he struggled to get his timing down with most of his pitches featuring a late arm, but that is to be expected as he adjusts to the nuances of his new motion. He also had an interested triple-deke in his setup from the stretch, which was quirky though not any type of concern.

On the jukebox: Led Zeppelin, "The Rain Song" (Doug Thorburn)
2014-01-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Trevor Bauer not being on the list the product of him pitching in the majors since 2012 (despite still having rookie status), or has he fallen from grace THAT hard?
(Babs from Cleveland)
Maybe both? I'm not a big fan of Bauer. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Welcome Ben, I'll start you off with a curveball: Let's say every draft eligible prospect from 2010 to 2014 was eligible for this year's draft. Just based on pre-draft scouting reports and without the benefit of hindsight, how would the first 10 picks of the draft unfold?
(baseballjunkie from cali, where it's already Spring)
This is an amazingly difficult question to answer, and also quite fun. It's probably better suited for an article than for a fantasy chat answer, but since I was able to access this question ahead of time, here's what I came up with after about 30 min of research. I'll note that since I'm not familiar enough with 2014 prospects yet, I've restricted your search to 2010-2013 draftees. I'll go with:

1. Bryce Harper 2. Manny Machado 3. Gerrit Cole 4. Dylan Bundy 5. Anthony Rendon 6. Jameson Taillon 7. Bubba Starling
8. Byron Buxton 9. Carlos Correa 10. Archie Bradley

Toughest omissions for me were Francisco Lindor, Trevor Bauer, Kevin Gausman, Kris Bryant and Mark Appel. If Luc Giolito had been healthy for his senior year, he'd probably have made it on this list. Obviously that's not how we'd rank them now, and it's funny that guys like Chris Sale, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey and Javier Baez are left in the dust. Bubba Starling sticks out like a sore thumb, and Buxton was underrated. This exercise also reinforces how loaded the 2011 draft was. Last year's pales in comparison. (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts RE: Trevor Bauer?? At 23 is the luster completely gone?
(JJ from MPLS)
He's asking entirely too many questions in this chat.

Realistically though: I don't think it's completely gone, but I may be naive. He might be a candidate for a change of scenery (yes, again). Maturity is a complicated thing. There's no telling when he might actually be open to instruction. As soon as he is though, he becomes an interesting guy. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-12-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Trevor Bauer -- Progress, hopelessness, projection, shrug?
(Jon KK from Elkhart, IN)
Definitely not hopeless - he has too much raw talent and #want to give up on him. I think the key is that he gets on the same page with a mechanically-oriented pitching coach whom Bauer trusts and respects, so that they can find a healthy balance between his attempts at mechanical exploitation and the need for consistency and mechanical repetition. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I've heard rumors of Trevor Bauer being traded. Would another change of scenery help or hurt his chances of figuring it out?
(Tony from MN)
The only thing that will help Trevor Bauer at this point is a decision on his part to open up to coaching and altering his approach. Changing scenery isn't necessarily going to do it. He has to want to change, improve and ultimately get better at the Major League level. (Mark Anderson)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Better coach for Trevor Bauer...Joe Maddon or Mike Ditka?
(RotoLando from Cloud City)
Similar to what I said earlier, I'm not sure there's really any coach that could help Trevor Bauer right now. He has to decide if he wants to make the adjustments that are necessary. (Mark Anderson)
2013-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Where does Trevor Bauer go from here? Terrible at the MLB level (though 8.5 BB/9 IP is impressive in its own way), and not much better in AAA.
(SC from Humboldt)
Bauer has to decide he is willing to take take to coaching and change his approach while on the mound. He needs to trust his stuff, attack more and stop believing he has to strike every batter out. Until that happens, he is going to continue to fail consistently, in my opinion. (Mark Anderson)
2013-09-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is up with Trevor Bauer? ML: 5.82 K/9, 8.47 BB/9 AAA: 7.86 K/9, 5.41 BB/9 Do you think he will figure it out eventually or has that ship sailed?
(Armin from Austria)
I don't have a lot of faith in Bauer, but I can't discount the raw talent. His approach can range from stubborn to competitive to straight-up horseshit. Believe in the stuff, but its hard to people in the pitcher. (Jason Parks)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league, who would you rather own - Miguel Sano or Trevor Bauer? Can you talk about each of their upsides and when you expect to see them in the majors?? Thanks!
(Johny D from Mass)
Keep in mind that I don't play fantasy baseball, so I definitely don't know how to be good at it. But I'd take Sano. Sano has serious raw power and should produce big in that department at any level. I have serious questions about Bauer's command profile. To me, Bauer has a mid-rotation ceiling, but he's not going to reach that until the command improves. Sano's a safer bet. (Jason Cole)
2013-08-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Will Trevor Bauer see the major's again this season or are the Indians just hoping he can figure it out by next season?
(eddiegaedel from LA)
The Indians have a lot riding on this season, and they can't afford to have Bauer take his lumps while learning on the job. Danny Salazar gives them a safer option with plenty of upside. Bauer tends to overcomplicate the task of pitching, in terms of mechanics, stuff, and approach; he is best served by staying in the minors to simplify things. Once he has mastered the basics, then he can move on to advanced courses.

The rise of Danny Salazar has lessened the pressure on the Cleveland staff, as well. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-07-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)What have you seen from Trevor Bauer this year? He's been all over the place mechanically and has displayed little to no consistency.
(Nick from California)
Such is par for the course with Bauer. He is a student of biomechanics, but his knowledge has often led him to overcomplicate the delivery, and he has emphasized certain elements (ie momentum, over-the-top arm slot) over others such as balance and posture. He will continue to struggle with consistency as long as he pumps up the power grades at the expense of stability and balance, and his movement on the rubber and other complicating factors are deterring from his finding consistency. Similar to the question about the HS pitcher, I always say keep it simple until the pitcher has harnessed the basics, then start throwing in the advanced stuff. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Another pod request: Trevor Bauer. I don't know how good he will be, but everything about that guy fascinates me. Thanks for answering all my Qs here and on twitter.
(Mark from Ky.)
He will definitely get in there. Email our new show email addy once you hear it on ep 2. (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Will Trevor Bauer be an ace by next year?
(Erik from NY)
I don't think he'll ever be pitch efficient enough to be an ace. He's got a lot of work left to do. (Bret Sayre)
2013-04-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Chris Archer or Trevor Bauer for this season? (long term?)
(rsambrook from Vancouver)
Gosh, I guess I take Archer because I don't have the stomach to gamble on Bauer. Clearly (it seems to me) Bauer more likely to win a Cy Young, make the HOF, etc. (Sam Miller)
2013-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)What can you tell me about Trevor Bauer, his continued struggles, and what you think his future holds? Thanks
(Frank from Dallas, TX)
Bauer is a smart kid with an advanced understanding of mechanics, yet his in-depth knowledge might be acting as a barrier to instruction. He has a complicated delivery, and his high levels of kinetic energy and severe drop-n-drive continue to disrupt his mechanical repetition. He has many elements to develop in order to hone his delivery, and he will need to have respect for his coaches in order to make the proper adjustments. I am still buying on the upside, while acknowledging that he has a ways to go before he gets there, and his journey could easily be sidetracked. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who has a bigger impact this season, Dan Straily or Trevor Bauer? Do you see Bauer sticking with one team for a few seasons or is he going to be frequently traded as teams get tired of him?
(Kyle P from FL)
I'm still a Bauer fan, so I'll say him in a vacuum, Straily if you want me to factor in the likelihood that their games matter in races. (I think Detroit runs away with the Central.)

As to your second part, I predict he'll stay with Cleveland for a while. They wanted him when the mishegas was already out there in the press and certainly in the internal baseball community, so I believe they knew what they were getting into. (Zachary Levine)
2013-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is your favorite Trevor Bauer rap song to date, and what should his next album be called?
(Eric from Costa Rica)
The next one should be called "Jesus Walks (5 batters per 9)" (Zachary Levine)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Trevor Bauer worth keeping (2 pitcher keepers, 2 hitter keepers) in a 14 team mixed standard scoring league for $3 even though he's not sure to have a spot in the rotation? Other options at that price would be Skaggs and Strailey. Thanks
(Andy from Chicago)
Of those three pitchers, Dan Straily is the guy I like most in a mixed, though quite honestly all three all borderline in that format even at such a cheap price. There is a lot of fungible talent at the bottom of the pitching pool in mixers. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-25 11:00:00 (link to chat)Why don't you have a scouting report on Trevor Bauer?
(Dave from Cleveland)
Traded after Cleveland list and before Diamondbacks list. He will get added to the mix. I'll write up every player before we bid the ranking season adieu. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2013-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Sam - who'd you rather have? Anibal Sanchez or Trevor Bauer? For next year? For next three years? For next six years? Thanks.
(R.A. Wagman from Toronto)
Sanchez for all. The weird paradox is that Bauer *should* have the better long-term outlook because he's young and has upside and he might actually win three Cy Youngs. But the further out you go the more makeup matters, and the more disappointing Bauer starts to look. (Sam Miller)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)In one of my leagues I have serious interest coming in for my Trevor Bauer. The best offer would consist of something like Bauer and a mid-late first round pick in the prospect draft (14th or 17th) for the 5th overall pick in the prospect draft and either Anthony Rendon or Trevor Rosenthal. Thoughts on fairness of those offers?
(Slevin from Brooklyn)
Tempting. I like both Bauer & Rosy quite a bit. I think the offer is very fair and I'd take Rosy in that scenario. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you like more: Trevor Bauer or Tyler Skaggs? Where would you rank Jameosn Taillon in that trio?
(Dennis from Lafayette)
I'm a big Skaggs guy. Taillon last of those three. Very close on Bauer/Skaggs (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Trevor Bauer will be more receptive to constructive criticism in Cleveland: Tone down the depth/size of his arsenal and use what works best? Can he harness the control/command and lower those BB/9?
(Mitch from Toronto)
It'll probably depend on his success. Cleveland knows what they're getting so they should be willing to meet him in the middle. There's no sense in pissing him off, but by the same token he needs to understand that if it doesn't work, a change is in order. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did the Indians get a steal in trading for Trevor Bauer? Does he in your mind still have top or near the top of the rotation potential?
(Jason S from Omaha)
I never thought he had top of the rotation potential to begin with. I think he develops into a highly functional and highly erratic major league starter, one who flashes brillance in one outing and follows it up with a flameout. His production will ultimately decide his distinction, but calling him a future number three starter works for me. (Jason Parks)
2012-12-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Trevor Bauer for his long-term career prospects? I've soured on him a bit, but the upside is still enticing. Would you buy, sell, or stand pat?
(Sara from Tacoma)
The ceiling remains sky-high, but it all hinges on his command. He butted heads with the organization in Arizona, but there should be no surprises for Cleveland. They know what they're buying, so if they don't like his style, they probably wouldn't have bought in. I'm buying in because the price is low and may never be this low again. The incredible potential is too much not to be enticed by. (Paul Sporer)
2013-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Kevin Towers a crazy person? How can he possibly justify signing aging free-agents to multi-year contracts at over-crowded positions, while accepting cut-rate value for a good asset (Trevor Bauer) in order to address need? Is there some secret GM wisdom behind these moves I'm missing? Thanks!
(JuanBobo from The Sun, AZ)
Thanks for your question, JuanBobo from The Sun, AZ. Kevin Towers is one of the best GMs in the game, and has been for an extended period. He has managed rosters in difficult situations and has been really good for a long time. If he has secret GM wisdom, he doesn't have to share it with us. I am certain there is a method to his actions. (Dan Evans)
2012-12-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think about the Indians aggressive attitude towards free agency this year, and how good a chance do they have to sign a player like Swisher or Jackson?
(Nick from Los Angeles, CA)
I like what the Indians are doing, Nick, in terms of trying to compensate for weaknesses at the top of their pipeline, and getting Trevor Bauer for one year of Shin-Soo Choo was very impressive. As for free agency, I don't think they have a great chance of getting Jackson, who appears to be down to the Cubs and Rangers (with Chicago looking like the strong favorite), and the situation with Swisher really depends on how interested the Rangers are. If he gets more than $60 million over four years, it probably won't be from Cleveland. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-12-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)There are yet again more Justin upton rumors swirling... Could a package of Teheran gilmartin/graham and pastornicky/Ahmed be enough to tempt the dbacks into reuniting the upton brothers in Atlanta? If not, what else might it take, as the braves don't have much top position player farm depth?
(Kai from Reno)
Well, Kai, that is an interesting question. I have such a bad feel for Upton's value right now based on what he did last year. On the one hand, not many hitters have knocked 100 homers before their age 25 season. On the other, he had a disappointing 2012 and has been rumored to be on the market for a while. Factor in what Towers got for Trevor Bauer and, frankly, it gives me a headache. (Geoff Young)
2012-11-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Early predictions: Who are your favorites for NL and AL rookie of the year for next year?
(Cole from St. Louis)
Tough one, Cole. Wish I had more time to ponder that great question. My gut says that Trevor Bauer and Adeiny Hechavarria will impact their big league clubs next year, but I don't have everyone's names in front of me right now. I should have brought Jason Martinez' great MLB Depth Charts with me today but forgot them. Sorry. (Dan Evans)
2012-11-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who are the next wave of prospects that are going to be MLB all-stars and upper-echelon players? Trevor Bauer? Billy Hamilton? Wil Myers?
(Steve G. from Athens, OH)
As you know, there is no such thing as a can't miss prospect, but all three are in that conversation (though Hamilton will be a bit more valuable in fantasy than real life). You can add to the list Dylan Bundy, Jurickson Profar, Manny Machado, and Gerrit Cole, among others. Keep an eye on Jason Parks and his prospect teams' Top 10 lists and their eventual Top 100 list. (Derek Carty)
2012-08-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Regarding players that may or may not qualify for prospect lists: does any time in the show disqualify one from inclusion? Trevor Bauer? Joe Weiland/ Drew Hutchison?
(Breakables from Chicago)
Standard ROY rules, so 130 AB/50 innings. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-06-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Prof.! Always a pleasure to interact with you, and please keep up good work in scouting/prospects world! A couple questions for you, specifically on Trevor Bauer. I went to see him on Tuesday night when he starts for Reno Aces in Tacoma. During the game, one scout commented on Bauer's curveball "...it has serious downward movement, but I felt it was better in college" Not sure how did you feel at time you scout Bauer? Second question is, Bauer didn't pitch a good game since he didn't have his best command (or did he ever?) and not even first time through the lineup he already showing all the offering on the table. Not a player comp but this makes me thought about your word on Darvish's sequencing during spring training. Is pitching backward (or heavily rely on secondary offering) a bad thing during development stage?
(Jim from Seattle)
I wrote about this when I profiled Bauer and DBacks system. Bauer has a lot of toys, similar in that regard to Darvish, and he likes to experiment on the mound. Sometimes a meat and potatoes approach is better: establish the fastball early and often, build the command, get comfortable with the release point, get ahead in counts, and then start working in the secondary offerings, finding the ones that can get you outs, can get you grounders, can force weak swings, etc. Atfer you establish the FB and start mixing in the secs, you can use sequence to your advantage. An arm like Bauer will own hitters if he can establish early and get ahead in counts. He will crush. (Jason Parks)
2012-05-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Given his last two starts, has Trevor Bauer finally made the necessary adjustments/turned the corner, or is he just beating up on weaker teams?
(Anthony from Chicago)
Two starts doesn't ever equal turned a corner. He's a few starts away from proving he's more efficient. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-05-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)How soon do I stash Trevor Bauer?
(phin from Mke, WI)
Depends on the league type. How deep, how many bench spots, and I assume non-keeper? (Derek Carty)
2012-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)With so many top prospects already called up, who is it you're most looking forward to seeing make their big-league debut in 2012?
(Marc from The Internet)
Trevor Bauer. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-05-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)How hard is it for a pitching coach when you have a prospect like Trevor Bauer ? The guy has 9 pitches and his own philosophy on pitching.
(19braves77 from Pensacola, FL)
It probably depends on the pitching coach. A coach who's very hands on and likes to mold pitchers according to his own ideas of what mechanics should look like might hate having Bauer. A coach who's content to let pitchers who've had success keep doing their own thing as long as it's working would probably handle Bauer just fine. The question with Bauer is whether to mess with his success in an attempt to make him even better. As good as he is, he's had control problems, and he could stand to be much more efficient. Maybe a pitching coach could help him with that, but maybe tinkering with his approach to make him more efficient would make him less effective in other areas. I don't know what the right thing to do in his case is, which is why no one pays me to be a pitching coach.

By the way, speaking of pitching (I'm the best at segues), I asked resident mechanics expert Doug Thorburn last week to take a look at what's happened to Ubaldo Jimenez, and he's working on the article now. It sounds like he's found some interesting stuff, so I'm looking forward to reading it. Should be up on the site on Friday. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-04-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think one of the big 3 of Arizona's pitching prospects will be moved by season's end to address current or impending holes? If so, who do believe who be most likely to be moved?
(JuanBobo from The Sun)
Arizona is middle of the pack offensively but losing Chris Young obviously hurts a lot. I'm sure they'll look to add offense as the season continues, but who they give up will depend on the talent coming back. Personally I wouldn't trade Trevor Bauer period.

A lady just walked by on the street crying. I always wonder about stuff like that. (Matthew Kory)
2012-05-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)hey Ken- any idea when we might see Trevor Bauer?
(Pablo from NJ)
Close your inner eyes, start chanting a relaxing mantra, and in the process of visualizing prospect nirvana, you might just see Trevor Bauer. Let's hope it isn't on a major league mound just yet, since we might just want to give him a little more time to improve his walk rate before handing him the ROY award. Patience, my son. Honestly, I'm going to guess we'll see him after the all-star break. (Ken Funck)
2012-04-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)do you expect Bauer to get called up by June 1st or sooner?
(Pablo from NJ)
The walks are a concern with Trevor Bauer, because they spike his pitch count early and prevent him from going deep into games. He has the stuff to miss bats in the majors right now, and I would not be surprised if he could already outpitch Josh Collmenter, but it's worth giving him some time in Double-A to work on the control. I do think we'll either see Bauer or his teammate Tyler Skaggs by June 1. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Derek, thanks for the chat. Many people know I am better performer in the second half of season career-wise. Would you mind name more players you consider worth monitoring or even prospects who could have a big showing?
(Adam Laroche from National Capital)
Sorry, Adam, but I don't buy the whole first-half/second-half thing for most players. As far as prospects that could be recalled and make an impact go, there are a lot of guys that could fit the bill. To name a few: Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Trevor Bauer, Joe Benson, Joe Wieland, Robbie Erlin, Leonys Martin, Tyler Skaggs, Jacob Turner, Brad Peacock, Jarrod Parker, Nolan Arenado, Danny Hultzen, and Brett Jackson. (Derek Carty)
2012-04-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you could only watch one player not named Hosmer take batting practice and one pitcher throw a bullpen for the rest of your life, who would it be ? Prospect or Major Leaguer.
(Jordan from Driving to Bucknell)
Bryce Haper or Josh Hamilton for batting practice; Yu Darvish or Trevor Bauer for bullpens. (Jason Parks)
2012-04-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to choose for a trade-preference list, would you prefer Tyler Skaggs, Archie Bradley, or Trevor Bauer?
(sportspopery from cubicle hell)
Bradley. He could be very special. He has the highest ceiling on that list. (Jason Parks)
2012-02-23 11:00:00 (link to chat)With the D'Backs Top 11 out today, what are your thoughts on #1 prospect Trevor Bauer?
(Sara from Tacoma)
This is another question for Kevin, but all indications are that Bauer could be a stud sooner rather than later. There is some terrific pitching talent in that organization right now. (Geoff Young)
2012-02-23 11:00:00 (link to chat)List your top 5 rookie pitchers in the AL/NL West.. Thanks..
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
Yikes. Off the top of my head, in alphabetical order: Trevor Bauer, Jarrod Parker, James Paxton, Brad Peacock, Drew Pomeranz. And I'll assume I've missed someone obvious. (Geoff Young)


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