The headline is not misleading, fellow Blankards. According to FOX Sports Arizona’s Jack Magruder, the Diamondbacks’ 21-year-old world-beating phenom Trevor Bauer will make his much anticipated Major League debut on Thursday night against the Atlanta Braves.
Bauer—the third player taken in the 2011 amateur draft out of UCLA—was pulled from his start today for AAA-Reno after 50 pitches and 2.2 innings, which Magruder speculates would be the perfect side throwing session for Arizona’s top prospect.
Between AA-Mobile and AAA-Reno so far this season, Bauer has dominated, compiling a 2.19 ERA and 111 strikeouts in just 90.1 innings. He is considered by most to be one of the top pitching prospects in the game and has become something of a spectacle with his unique quirks. Bauer is a major proponent of biomechanics and employs an extreme long-toss program during his warm ups.
Bauer has drawn comparisons to San Francisco righthander Tim Lincecum because of his unique, torque-based delivery and smallish frame–although those comparisons are largely not rooted in fact.
With Joe Saunders being placed on the DL with a shoulder problem and the Diamondbacks not fully trusting Josh Collmenter, Bauer will get his shot to stick at the Major League level after less than a year in pro ball.
Whatever you were doing on Thursday night, cancel it; you’re now watching the Diamondbacks and Braves.