It is only spring training, but one of the more intriguing stories of this season will be how the young Trevor Bauer does in his first full season of professional baseball. His major league (spring training) went well. He threw 22 pitches in two innings, 14 for strikes and struck out two.
He did not allow a ball out of the infield and he threw a first pitch strike to each of the hitters he faced.
In the end, not a bad beginning to his career.
There is a lot expected of him in his career, but this year the plan is to keep him in the minor leagues, as the starting rotation looks set from the get-go. However, Bauer could make things difficult and continue to pitch like this.
Some believe that he will be playing in the majors this season. It is possible. But the team's plan to not force him up too early is a good one.
Even so, the way he pitched on Saturday is definitely encouraging. If he can do that from day one, it is really easy to think ahead and project how he will do every fifth day.
But we will refrain from that now.
What matters is that his first game went perfectly. You could not think of a better way for a first spring start to go.