Trevor Bauer, the right-handed prize pitching prospect for the Arizona Diamondbacks started his Triple-A Reno career in great form. He got a win and he pitched dominantly. He dominated the Double-A Southern League in his first eight starts, winning seven and striking out 60 batters in just over 48 innings. That, of course was in the pitching friendly Southern League.
Friday night he debuted for the Reno Aces in a stadium known for offense. All he did was pitch eight innings of four-hit ball, striking out 11 batters.
He allowed a single run, a leadoff homer in the eighth inning. He threw 113 pitches, 73 for strikes. The eight innings he threw were the most in a game this season for him.
The Aces got the win, 2-1 over the Oklahoma City RedHawks.
This is exactly the dominating performance that could get him to the big leagues before the end of this season, especially if Arizona's fortunes in the division race do not improve.
While he has improvement in some facets of the game not related directly to pitching, if he keeps dominating like this, it will be impossible to keep him in the minor leagues.
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