Gausman, pitching 123 1/2 innings as an All-American sophomore at LSU this past spring, started out his professional career in Sarasota for instruction.
The 21-year old had seriously considered returning for his junior year at school before the Orioles signed him to a last-second deal, just before the deadline in mid-July. The deal included a signing bonus worth $4.32 million, which is the third largest in O's franchise history-just behind Matt Wieters' $6 million in '07 and Manny Machado's $5.25 million in 2010.
In early August Gausman received news that he would be called up to short season Single-A Aberdeen to make his professional debut with the IronBirds on Monday August 6.
On a three-inning limit, Gausman was near-flawless in his debut with the 'Birds, striking out two batters and not allowing a single hit. Combined with his second start, and home debut, six days later and Gausman has put up a stat line of six innings pitched, one hit and five strikeouts against his 19 batters faced.
His six shutout innings over a one week span was all it took for team officials to give him the nod for another call-up.
Skipping the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds and heading straight to High-A Frederick, the 21-year old will make his debut with the Keys on Saturday August 18 at Harry Grove Stadium.
On his way to Frederick, Gausman made a stop at Double-A Bowie on Wednesday afternoon. Joining the team one day after Dylan Bundy threw 5 1/3 innings in his first Double-A start, Gausman threw a bullpen session in the afternoon and joined the team, in uniform, in the dugout for its matchup with the Erie Seawolves.
I watched briefly, Manager Gary Kendall said of Gausman's afternoon 'pen session. He's got a great presence about him and I've heard nothing but good things. To me he seems like a very likable guy and he fits in well here.
The 6'4/185 pounder is known for his mid-90s fastball and his knack to attack hitters, in addition to his quirkiness. His mix of fastballs and change-ups may be what most impresses many scouts, as well as the movement he has on his fastball-which he has great command of.
Bowie coaches weren't able to get an in-depth look at Gausman during his afternoon session, considering it was just a one day stop in. But Kendall wasn't the only one who was impressed.
Pitching coach Kennie Steenstra, a former minor league pitcher himself, seemed most impressed by the youngster's strength.
He's got a frame that he can fill out and lots of arm strength, Steenstra said following Bowie's third consecutive win against Erie. He had a nice game of long toss before he started throwing.
I can see why the Orioles like him.
Alongside Bundy, the organization's top two prospects just so happen to be powerful, flame-throwing right handed starting pitchers with a lot of upside.
With the Orioles suddenly in the middle of a playoff push in mid-August, things could get interesting in the coming years as Gausman continues to mature and grow into a top-of-the-rotation pitcher.