Things have started out pretty well this season for the Cleveland Indians. All in all they can’t be too upset with a 2 and 2 record. All of the teams are still figuring each other out right now in the American League Central so there really are no early front runners like in most other divisions. The Indians, like every other team, are in the thick of it and they show potential to stay there.
Their pitching has been fairly solid so far by giving them a chance to win most games. That pitching has the distinction of getting no off days however since they started on Tuesday instead of opening Monday. That has led to a small situation with the starting rotation which led to a special guest starter for Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays: Trevor Bauer.
Bauer stuck around for a lot of the spring season but eventually was sent down to get his regular starts in at the minor league level and continue developing. One of the several players in the three-team Shin-Soo Choo deal, Bauer wound up one of the most promising names in the trade as he landed with the Tribe. Terry Francona likes everything about the young pitcher, just wants him to get more regular experience and work in at the minor league level before helping out in the bigs.
The cool thing about being a promising pitcher in the minors is that every now and then the big league club runs into a situation where they need a spot starter. There could be an injury or no off day or both that messes things up. That is when a young prospect can get the call to make a debut spot start. Bauer is the lucky special guest pitcher for Saturday’s Rays game.
All Indians eyes will be on Bauer, as well as other teams’ scouts, to see what the kid can do early on. He might not go lights out because he isn’t completely ready but then again sometimes a strong young pitcher can surprise everyone in his first start. No matter what the outcome of the outing, the Indians are proving already how valuable Bauer is to them. It should be great fun to watch.