SP Trevor Bauer followed Corey Kluber‘s solid performance with a very strong showing of his own. Since getting the call-up from triple-A with Danny Salazar‘s demotion, he has made the most of his opportunity to prove that he should stay in the big leagues.
Leading the Cleveland Indians to a 6-2 victory over the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers, Bauer went six innings, striking out five and giving up two earned runs. His only two mistakes were solo home runs given up to Torii Hunter in the first inning and Alex Avila in the fifth. Other than those two blunders, Bauer was in command.
In the past couple of years, he would tend to nibble on the corners of the plate, which ran his pitch count high. It looked like Bauer has made the necessary adjustments to be more efficient with his pitches, an adjustment that the Indians have been waiting on for a year and a half since acquiring him from the Arizona Diamondbacks two offseasons ago.
The D’backs parted ways with the young prospect due to what they called “philosophical differences.” This basically meant that Bauer wouldn’t listen to any of the input that the Diamondbacks’ coaches gave to him. Bauer was stubborn, and was so successful during his time at UCLA (career 34-8 record, 2.36 ERA) that he believed he had all the answers and didn’t need any coaching at all.
It looks like Bauer’s attitude has changed for the better, and he is beginning to learn how to pitch to major league hitters. The right-hander’s ability was never in question, and now with a good head on his shoulders, he will be able to help the 2014 Indians.