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MLB: Bauer sent down to minors

Hart High graduate gets demoted to Triple-A Reno after struggling in Majors

Posted: July 18, 2012 8:30 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 2012 8:30 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher and Hart High graduate Trevor Bauer, left, watches the action against the San Diego Padres with teammate Wade Miley after Bauer was pulled from the game during the fourth inning on July 3 in Phoenix.

 

After four Major League starts, Hart High graduate Trevor Bauer was sent back down to Triple-A Reno on Wednesday.
The 21-year-old Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander struggled on Tuesday in a loss to Cincinnati.

He went only three innings, allowing four runs (three earned) with just one hit and five walks.

This was coming off his first Major League victory, a 7-1 win over the Dodgers on July 8, in which he allowed no runs over six innings.

“I’m fine with it,” Bauer told MLB.com about the demotion. “It’s about winning up here, and I wasn’t giving the team a very good chance to win. I’ll go down and work on being able to throw strikes.”

The 2008 Hart graduate went 1-2 in four starts with a 6.06 ERA for the Diamondbacks, striking out 17 batters in 16 1/3 innings.

Where he really struggled was his control, as the rookie walked 13 batters.

“He’s got a bunch of ability,” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson told MLB.com. “He’s got great stuff, but was not consistent enough with it. He needs seasoning. It’ll be good for him in the end. It’s part of the process.”

The 2011 first-round pick was one of baseball’s brightest prospects coming into the 2012 season.

He started the year in Double-A Mobile and was dominant before a May promotion to Triple-A Reno.

He was 11-1 with a 2.23 ERA with 116 strikeouts and 48 walks in 16 starts at both levels.

Bauer was called up to the big leagues on June 28 and made his Major League debut that day in Atlanta, pitching four innings in a no decision.

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