Last Friday the Baltimore Orioles sent prospect, Kevin Gausman, to the mound to make his MLB debut. Fantasy baseball dynasty league owners have been waiting patiently for the young hurler to ascend through the team’s farm system and he made the jump much quicker than most would have expected.
The 22-year-old made his big league debut this past week against the red-hot Toronto Blue Jays. The righty pitched three scoreless innings to start the outing. He allowed just one walk and two singles through three innings of work. However, in the fourth inning he slowly fell apart. He allowed back-to-back doubles and a sacrifice fly to center allowed the Jays to get two runs on the board.
In the fifth inning, Gausman was taken deep by catcher J.P. Arencibia for a two-run homer and was taken out of the game shortly there after. It was a less than stellar outing from the prized fantasy prospect.
Goose finished the night with five innings pitched, seven hits, two walks, four earned runs, and five strikeouts on just 89 pitches. The kid left with a 0-1 record to start his major league career and a less than impressive 7.20 ERA.
A couple of Gausman’s fastballs touched 99 MPH on the radar gun, so this kid obviously has big league stuff. He didn’t have the best command in the outing, though, and at times the rookie simply tried to outpitch hitters. There will be an adjustment period with Gausman, as he learns how to dance around the strike zone to get out batters, so fantasy owners will just have to remain patient. After all, not all pitching prospects start their fantasy careers off like Matt Harvey or Shelby Miller.
Gausman still showed some of the potential that has put him on the map in recent seasons. He will make his next start on Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals and it will give fantasy fans another chance to scout this future ace.