Kevin Gausman’s first taste of the majors didn’t go quite as planned and after posting a 7.66 ERA in five starts last year’s No. 4 overall pick is headed back to Triple-A.
Gausman actually turned in a pretty decent outing last night, tossing 5.1 innings of two-run ball against the Red Sox, but the Orioles needed some bullpen reinforcements and decided he’d be the guy to go.
Prior to the call-up Gausman had a 3.23 ERA and 62/6 K/BB ratio in 61.1 innings as a minor leaguer, allowing just six homers. Against big-league hitters he handed out the same number of walks (6) and served up more homers (7) in just 24.2 innings. He did, however, average 95.4 miles per hour with his fastball, which is tied with Stephen Strasburg and Matt Harvey for the top velocity among all MLB starters.
He’ll be back and eating donuts in the Orioles’ clubhouse soon enough.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Major League Baseball has banned all transactions with Liga Mexicana de Beisbol (LMB), popularly known as the Mexican League. As of now, all 30 teams are prohibited from signing players under contract with LMB teams. The ban was issued due to Major League Baseball’s contention that “corruption” and “fraud” run rampant in the player acquisition process.
Passan describes the issues in detail, and they sound pretty compelling. The upshot: LMB clubs — which have full control over their players — are taking advantage of them, taking most if not all of the signing bonuses MLB teams give them after negotiating for their rights. Mexican teams often sign players when they’re 15 years-old so that, once they are old enough for American teams to approach them, they’re in the position to take a usurious cut.
Passan says Major League Baseball is demanding greater transparency from LMB before it’s willing to lift the ban. He also says that the MLBPA is in “lockstep” with Major League Baseball on the matter, which makes sense given that, if MLB’s claims are accurate, players are being exploited here. He also says that if LMB does not change its ways, there is a “Plan B,” though it’s not clear what that is.
There aren’t a ton of Mexican players signed by MLB teams each year, but there are enough to make this a significant issue that is worth watching.