It’s not a matter of if as much as it is when Trevor Bauer
will get the call to join the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The team’s top prospect has found success in Triple-A to
the tune of a 4-0 record and 2.79 ERA, and the team has
indicated the only reason it has not promoted the former
UCLA star to the Majors is because there’s no room for
him, not that they don’t think he’s good enough or ready.
ESPN MLB analyst Tim Kurkjian believes calling up young
players such as Bauer can energize a team, but the key is
not so much calling Bauer up, but when and, in a way, why.
“I think it’s important, and I think it’s even better —
[Oakland A’s GM] Billy Beane taught me this — to bring
these kids in the middle of a pennant race, because then
the focus is all about winning as opposed to being about
them,” he said. “So it won’t be that Trevor Bauer is
making his major league debut tonight as much as it is he
needs to win a big game for the Diamondbacks.”
That’s not to say there will be not be excitement over
Bauer when he does finally take the mound at Chase Field,
because there will be.