Highly regarded Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Trevor Bauer is staying focused on his pitching, according to a report from AZcentral.com. The third overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, Bauer is the subject of intense speculation as to when he'll arrive in the big leagues, and more than a little impatience among fans. His comments on that and more, after the jump.
Bauer isn't one to dwell on when he'll get his chance in the majors:
"I don't ever want to hear anyone mention it again," he said. "Honestly, I can't control that. I don't want to think about stuff I can't control. I can control how hard I work. I can control how I prepare, how I eat, how I sleep and how I pitch out there on the field. That's all I can control.
"Promotion, no promotion, demotion, cut, whatever. I don't even want to think about it. I play baseball. I love playing baseball. I pitch every fifth day. Whatever team I'm on, that's what I'm going to do."
Bauer, currently pitching with the Triple-A Reno Aces, has been dominant. He's posted a 1.79 ERA with 102 strikeouts in 80.1 innings. Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers indicated that there wasn't room in the current rotation, and Bauer would simply have to wait. That's likely fine with Triple-A manager Brett Butler, who stressed the need to take the long view and let Bauer develop into someone who can last for years and years at the major league level. Whenever it happens, Bauer's appearance in the majors is likely to be an exciting time for Diamondbacks fans.