Trevor Bauer is one unorthodox pitcher. He had a fantastic junior season at UCLA, going 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA and a Pac-10 record 203 strikeouts, winning the Golden Spikes Award as the nation's top amateur baseball player. He was drafted No. 3 overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks, who may call Bauer up in September in the heat of the pennant race.â†µ
Bauer has a unique delivery, and a structured training regimen that involves long toss, throwing nearly every day, and vigorous exercises in 12-second increments. This week's issue of Sports Illustrated profiles Bauer, who was very adamant that he wouldn't conform his style to suit the wishes of concerned major league teams:â†µ
"This is what I do, it’s what I believe in, and if you let me stick with it, I’ll pitch in the major leagues for 20 years. Some [teams] were open. Some weren’t. But they needed to know what they were getting into."â†µ
Arizona knew what they were getting into, and embraced the trial of something different. Senior VP of scouting and development Jerry DiPoto said, "This is a chance for us to really explore what pitchers are capable of doing." Baseball is a rather risk averse sport, so it's nice to see thinking outside the box once in a while.â†µ
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