Friday, August 5, 2011

Top pick Bauer already impressing D-backs

By Anthony Fenech / | 08/05/11

PHOENIX -- The first inning of Trevor Bauer's second Minor League start for high Class A Visalia got off on the wrong foot.

He walked two of the first three Stockton Ports batters he faced, but the 20-year-old first-round Draft pick of the D-backs rebounded to strike out a pair of batters and exit the first inning on the right foot.

Color D-backs president and CEO Derrick Hall impressed.

"He's a talent, that's for sure," Hall, who was on hand in Stockton, Calif., said on Friday. "He looks really good."

Bauer was touched up the next inning, giving up a two-run home run and finished allowing only those two runs on two hits in three innings. He struck out six, walked three, threw 55 pitches and was tagged with his first professional loss.

"We saw that if he gets in to trouble, he can get out of it," Hall said.

He was accompanied by general manager Kevin Towers and said that Bauer touched 97 mph on the radar gun while mixing five pitches.

"At times, he can be overpowering," Hall said.

The right-handed Bauer was drafted by the D-backs with the No. 3 overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft in June and signed on July 25.

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