While it is a distant possibility that the Cleveland Indians could miss former outfielder Shin Soo Choo during the season, the return they got in pitching prospect Trevor Bauer alone might be more than worth the big three team trade they were involved in. Still, even though he has all of the potential in the world, Bauer isn’t quite ready for the majors just yet, or at least the Indians don’t think so.
I think in general they are correct on that point. Bauer clearly has an upside the size of Ohio itself, so what difference does it make to send him down for a few months of seasoning in the minor leagues. There are consistency issues that he needs to work on along with other simple problems that are common to young pitchers. Before the end of the 2013 season, you will probably see Bauer come up to the big leagues. I doubt he will ever go down again.
Though I’m unsure how it will all work out by the end of the season, Bauer is so close to being ready that if the Indians had a vacancy in the starting rotation instead of a surplus of pitchers, he would likely have begun the season in the majors. As it stands, if someone goes down to an injury or a spot starter is needed here and there, don’t be surprised to see Terry Francona call on his up and coming pitching superstar. Bauer is the real deal and it will be fun for Indians fans to watch his rise.