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MLB: Bauer signs

Hart graduate and No. 3 overall pick makes it official

Posted: July 26, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 26, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Hart graduate Trevor Bauer, center, smiles during a news conference announcing his signing with Arizona in Phoenix on Tuesday along with team executives Jerry Dipoto, right, and Ray Montgomery.

 

Hart High graduate Trevor Bauer, the third pick in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.

Terms of the agreement were not released, though FoxSportsArizona.com reported his deal was worth $7 million over four years, including bonus and salary.

The deadline for draftees to sign was Aug. 15 and many top draft picks usually sign near the deadline.

Bauer was different.

"Cookie cutters are good for cookies," Bauer said. "I don't like to follow that approach. I wanted to sign as quickly as possible and get out and pitch. It seemed logical for me to get out there and pitch."

The 2008 Hart High graduate and former UCLA pitcher just finished one of the brightest college pitching seasons ever.

The 20-year-old right-hander won the Golden Spikes Award, the prize given to the nation's top amateur player.

He was 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA this season. He led the nation with 203 strikeouts - a Pac-10 record.

Bauer was immediately added to the Diamondbacks' 40-man roster, which means his contract is a Major League deal. Players on the 40-man can be called up to the big leagues at any time.

"We are excited Trevor is officially a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks and will get the opportunity to begin his professional career very soon," said Diamondbacks Senior Vice President, Scouting & Player Development Jerry Dipoto in a statement. "We identified Trevor as an impact player, both on and off the field, and a perfect fit for our organization. This signing is a testament to both parties' willingness to work together in the player's best interest and to position the organization for future success. We are confident Trevor will have a tremendous impact in the years to come."

Baseball observers have said that Bauer was the most Major League-ready player in the draft, which leads to speculation that Bauer could even be called up to the Diamondbacks this season, especially with the team contending in the National League West.

"I personally believe in myself enough that I can compete at the Major League level," Bauer said. "That being said, it's something I'd like to do (pitching in the big leagues this season), but performance dictates it all."

Yet Bauer will report to Single-A Advanced Visalia today to begin his professional career.

It is more likely that he will finish out the season in the minor leagues, then battle for a spot on the big league club in Spring Training next year.

As for what he's doing with the money, Bauer said he's not going to go the cliche route by immediately buying a fancy car.

He said he'll celebrate by treating himself to steak and sushi dinners for a week.

 

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