Bauer is ready to rock and roll in Cleveland's rotation
After a disappointing 2013 for Trevor Bauer, the righty labored through the offseason and after recording seven quality starts it is apparent his hard work has paid off.
Bauer has been the essence of consistency this season at Triple-A Columbus and because of that he will make his second big league start of the season Tuesday night against the Detroit Tigers.
The young right-hander has made seven starts in Columbus and has tallied up a 4-1 record with a 2.15 ERA. What has been the most impressive change this season has been his control as Bauer has fanned 44 batters in 46.0 innings and has walked a mere 14 batters.
After what you could call a disastrous 2013 season where Bauer went 6-7 with a 4.15 ERA at Columbus and struggled in limited time in Cleveland, there was plenty for him to work on and work he did.
"I worked really hard this offseason," Bauer said. "I worked on a lot and I think it's really helped me...I understand everything so much better now."
Bauer's schedule included working on his delivery for a month and a half, something he said came together faster than expected. This was followed by months of work on his velocity, command and work on some specific pitches.
The change of delivery brought about other challenges for Bauer.
"I kind of had to reteach myself a couple of [my pitches] with my new delivery," Bauer said.
The productive offseason allowed Bauer to enter spring training with a "better base to start from" and according to the starter has also enabled him to be so consistent.
"I'm not working on my delivery," Bauer said. "I'm not working on anything really other then going out there and being able to execute my pitches and attack people which is what it's all about."
His offseason wasn't the only thing that had an impact on Bauer's strong start to 2014. Knowing the routine of the club gave him peace of mind that he had yet to find in previous spring trainings.
"This spring training was my first spring training I repeated with a team so I knew what was expected," Bauer said. "I knew everybody; it was a lot more relaxed for me."
That comfort of familiar scenery is something Bauer felt playing in Columbus.
"While we are all here it's good to be comfortable with each other, with the clubhouse and the city and everything like that, so it's made it easier to focus on just coming to the field, enjoying the time at the field and focus on getting your work done," Bauer said.
With his second big league start on the horizon Bauer's main goal of making the big league club is a reality. There are still many goals the 23-year-old has in mind for his career.
"Personally, I want to hit 100 MPH by the time I'm 25, that's always been a goal of mine," Bauer noted. "Being able to throw my high speed pitches for strikes 65 percent of the time. Have my fastball velocity average above 95. I think if I'm able to do that, I'll be really successful."
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