Tribe GM Chris Antonetti touched on a variety of team-related topics Friday afternoon with a handful of local media before heading to MLB’s Winter Meetings in Orlando that begin Monday. Here's some of his thoughts on young right-handed pitching prospect Trevor Bauer.
When the Indians acquired young right-handed pitching prospect Trevor Bauer from Arizona in a three-team trade last December, the hope was that the Diamondbacks’ willingness to part with their third overall pick from the previous season was due mostly to misunderstandings and hurt feelings.
But instead of competing for a job in the Indians starting rotation as some hoped, the eccentric Bauer spent last season engrossed in rebuilding his delivery – mostly with mixed results at Triple-A (6-7 with a 4.15 ERA in 22 starts).
As he contintued to tinker, he also made four spot starts with the Indians during the season, struggling to a 1-2 record and a 5.29 ERA that included more walks (16) than strikeouts (11) and one memorable game in which he opted to pitch exclusively out of the stretch.
Although Bauer enjoyed great success in the minor leagues before last season, Antonetti said he wanted rebuild his delivery in an effort to become more efficient and durable in the majors.
“He undertook considerable delivery adjustments that he’d initiated last off season,” Antonetti said. “Maybe we and he if anything, underestimated the magnitude of those adjustments, how long it would take him to get to the point where he’s comfortable executing that delivery consistently.”