The third overall pick of the 2011 draft, Trevor Bauer has been said to have the stuff of Tim Lincecum with the wisdom of Greg Maddux. Statistically, he is the most dominant collegiate pitcher since Stephen Strasburg.
This summer, Bauer became the first UCLA player to win the Golden Spikes Award, which is given to the top amateur baseball player. He was also named National Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball. The three-time All-Pac-10 selection threw 10 complete games this year, including nine straight to end the season, and led all conference pitchers in ERA, strikeouts, innings pitched (136.2) and opponent's batting average (.154).
"We are excited Trevor is officially a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks and will get the opportunity to begin his professional career very soon," said D-backs' Senior Vice President, Scouting & Player Development Jerry Dipoto. "We identified Trevor as an impact player, both on and off the field, and a perfect fit for our organization. This signing is a testament to both parties' willingness to work together in the player's best interest and to position the organization for future success. We are confident Trevor will have a tremendous impact in the years to come."
Bauer, 20, is UCLA's all-time career leader with 34 wins, 460 strikeouts, and 373.1 innings pitched. His career strikeouts total ranks second on the Pac-10 list behind Tim Lincecum, who had 491 strikeouts for Washington from 2004-06. Bauer set the Pac-10 single-season record with 203 strikeouts after fanning 14 batters on June 4 against Fresno State to surpass USC's Mark Prior, who had 202 in 2001.
Bauer will report to Hi-A Visalia and make his first professional start at some point during the Rawhide's upcoming homestand, July 27-August 3. He is expected to advance to Double-A before the season ends and perhaps contribute to the big league club at some point in 2012.
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