One of the top prospects in the Cleveland Indians rotation made a spot start debut against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night. What happened in the debut could best be described as strange. Of course we all want the young guy to win his debut outing but realistically a loss might be a better expectation for a guy who isn’t quite ready. Still, this loss wasn’t anything like Bauer or the Indians could have expected.
It was no surprise to see some control problems. First of all if he was ready for the big leagues, he would have made the team out of spring training. Clearly he still has some consistency issues to work out. Walking the first four batters of the game isn’t the greatest plan but he was a little good and a little lucky when a line drive double-play that included an outfield assist got him out of the jam.
The other strange thing was despite his numerous walks, Bauer actually carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning. In the end gave up three runs on two hits through five innings. That included seven walks, two strikeouts and one strikeout. Oh, right, in case you wonder why I listed two strikeouts and then one strikeout, it’s because in his debut game, the Indians wound up giving up their designated hitter and Bauer got to hit. He struckout.
Out of all the walks and strange happenings, Bauer can actually take positives away from this. First of all he got out of a few jams against a pretty good team in the Rays. That is good on-the-job experience for you. Also he knows that he has things he needs to work on before being totally ready for the big time. Lastly, he can be glad that he was signed by an American League team because he apparently isn’t a great hitter.