Scouting Prospect #36: Trevor Bauer

We recently released our annual top 100 prospects list here at Scout.com, and to follow that up we will be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on select prospects from that list over the course of the off-season. Here's a scouting report on prospect #36 from that list, Trevor Bauer.

Name: Trevor Bauer
Position: Pitcher
Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 185
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: UCLA Regular Season, Team USA

Physical Description

Bauer is likely somewhat shorter than his listed height. He's not a physically imposing guy on the mound but is a well above average athlete. He has a strong lower half with some room to grow in his upper body.

Mechanics

Bauer's delivery is unorthodox but too much has been made of it. His arm action is fairly clean and he uses his lower half very well. So, although he isn't that big and looks to be putting a lot into each pitch, he's really pretty clean mechanically. He gets on top nicely, gets out over his front side despite his extra long stride, and repeats his complex delivery as well as any pitcher in the class.

Fastball

Bauer works consistently at 92-94 mph with his fastball and gets it up to 95 mph every now and then. Hitters have a tough time picking him up so the velocity plays up a tick or two as well. He gets good life through the zone due to is outstanding extension as well. His command of his fastball is plus as well. But, I would like to see him pitch a little more aggressively with the hard stuff rather than using everything in his bag of tricks on every hitter.

Curveball

The curveball from Bauer is a swing and miss pitch at any level. He throws it at 77-79 mph and it's a true 12-6 hammer. He's willing to spot it on the corners or bury it in the dirt. So, bringing it to the pro level should be a simple transition for him. Many pitchers with plus curveballs have trouble throwing it for strikes and pro bats just lay off. That's no issue for Bauer. This is a plus strikeout pitch at the big league level. Bauer also mixes in a slider, but the curve is his primary breaking ball.

Changeup

Bauer is particularly unique as a college strikeout pitcher because he has the quality third pitch to go with the knockout breaking ball. He throws his changeup at 82-85 mph with diving split-change type action. Like his curveball, this is also a plus pitch and one that will get swings and misses as a pro. His location with this pitch is not quite as good as his other two offerings. But, being a feel pitch I expect that feel to improve over time.

Summation

He's not exactly orthodox in the way he goes about it, but Bauer has the potential for three above average pitches. He expends too much energy on striking out each batter, as there are far too many deep counts. I'd like to see him pitch a little more aggressively with his fastball and not have to use his secondary pitches as much. But, other than that, there are not a lot of obvious flaws in Bauer's game.

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