Trevor Bauer won’t be eligible for playoffs if Diamondbacks make it

Aug 30, 2011, 6:34 PM | Updated: 9:25 pm

When the Arizona Diamondbacks selected Trevor Bauer there was a thought that the UCLA star could pitch for the big league club this season.

That may still be the case, but you won’t see the right-hander in a D-backs uniform should the team reach the postseason.

The Arizona Diamondbacks will NOT call up 3rd overall pick pitcher Trevor Bauer before Sept 1st to make him eligible for the playoffs.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Bauer would have needed to be called up to the Majors before September 1st in order to be eligible for the playoffs, and Gambadoro reports the team decided against it.

It’s probably the right decision for Arizona, even if the guy is dominating the minor leagues to the tune of a 2.62 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 24 innings of work.

Given the number of innings he’s already thrown this season, there’s a decent chance the organization would prefer to play it safe and not overdue it for the No. 3 pick in the 2011 amateur draft.

Besides, while Bauer could help out of the bullpen, his role now and in the future will be as a starting pitcher. There is no telling if he’d be able to pitch well on consecutive days or, possibly, with one day of rest, and that has nothing to do with the fact that he’d be thrown into the fire of playoff baseball just a few months removed from college.

No, the best move for the D-backs is to probably wait and, if they want to give the kid a taste of the Majors do so over the season’s final couple of weeks. There would be little pressure on him to perform and he could help the team rest a starter who they hope to have ready for an extended playoff run.


Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Arizona Diamondbacks

(Twitter Photo/@Dbacks)...

Character Counts

D-backs donate $25K to Sarah Langs’ ALS initiative on Lou Gehrig Day

The Arizona Diamondbacks donated $25,000 for ALS research, contributing to MLB research extraordinaire Sarah Langs' #FistBumps4ALS initiative.

22 hours ago

Scott McGough #30 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Texas Rangers during the sixth in...

Alex Weiner

D-backs’ Scott McGough feeling more comfortable adjusting to MLB hitters

Diamondbacks reliever Scott McGough is learning how to attack MLB hitters and having success in the back end of the bullpen.

2 days ago

Arizona Diamondbacks mob Corbin Carroll, middle, after he drove in two runs with a single against t...

Wills Rice

Corbin Carroll hits 1st-career walk-off, D-backs fashionably sweep Rockies

The Diamondbacks completed the four-game sweep of the Rockies with an 5-4 walk-off win in front of 16,492 fans at Chase Field on Thursday.

2 days ago

The Bally Sports Arizona logo is seen before the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colo...

Arizona Sports

Judge rules in favor of D-backs getting full payment from Diamond Sports

A bankruptcy judge on Thursday ruled in favor of Major League Baseball against Diamond Sports after the latter filed for bankruptcy in March.

2 days ago

Arizona Diamondbacks victory vest...

Haboob Blog

What’s the story behind the Diamondbacks’ victory vest?

The Arizona Diamondbacks' victory vest appears to be a Lourdes Gurriel Jr. idea adopted from his old team, the Toronto Blue Jays.

2 days ago

Starter Tommy Henry #47 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Colorado Rockies during the...

Alex Weiner

Tommy Henry shuts down Rockies to extend D-backs’ winning streak to 4

Arizona Diamondbacks starter Tommy Henry tossed seven scoreless innings for the first time in his career to best Rockies, 6-0.

2 days ago

Trevor Bauer won’t be eligible for playoffs if Diamondbacks make it