After posting a 1.68 ERA and 60/26 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings over his first eight starts at the Double-A level this season, Diamondbacks’ prospect Trevor Bauer made his debut with Triple-A Reno last night. And he was dominant.
Bauer, who was selected No. 3 overall in last June’s First-Year Player Draft, limited the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate to one run on four hits over eight innings. The lone blemish was a home run by former Athletics’ catcher Landon Powell in his final inning of work. The 21-year-old right-hander matched his career-high with 11 strikeouts while walking one and threw 73 out of 113 pitches for strikes. He has worked seven innings or more and exceeded 100 pitches in each of his last three starts.
Bauer’s command and control has been an issue at times in his brief pro career, but he’s undoubtedly on the fast track to the big leagues. He figures to join the Diamondbacks’ rotation at some point this summer.
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.
Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.
Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.
The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.