by | (5/14/2013) Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said Tuesday that pitching prospect Kevin Gausmanis not a candidate for a promotion this early in the season, MLB.com reports. With Wei-Yin Chen on the disabled list, Baltimore is in need of a starter for Saturday's game against Tampa Bay but the team is reportedly leaning toward Jair Jurrjens.
Gausman, considered the organization's second-best prospect by MLB.com behind only Dylan Bundy, has made just seven starts above the Class A level, posting a 3.35 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. Duquette said the right-hander, currently at Double-A Bowie, would not necessarily need to advance to Triple-A before making his major-league debut.
Kevin Gausman excited about development of slider
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/12/2013) Orioles starting pitcher prospect Kevin Gausman, who walked one batter in his first six starts, walked a season-high three batters amid rainy conditions Saturday for Double-A Bowie. Gausman allowed just one run on three hits, while striking out seven in 4 2/3 innings.
"For the conditions I felt pretty good," Gausman said. "I had a good grip on the ball and I never like to make excuses. I was kind of just jerking some pitches. I didn't throw very many changeups at all tonight. I was mostly throwing my slider as my secondary pitch. Early in the game I threw a few changeups and I didn't really have the feel I usually have for it so I went more to the slider. I was feeling really comfortable with it. That is huge for me in my development and I'm excited about that part of it."
Gausman is 1-4 with a 3.35 ERA and .255 opponents' batting average through seven starts. He has 39 strikeouts and three home runs allowed in 40 1/3 innings. Gausman is trying to stay focused in anticipation of a potential call-up in 2013.
"That is something they've been known to do (call-up pitchers from the minors)," he said. "It's exciting for every starter and really every pitcher in the organization. You feel like you have a chance. If you pitch well, you will move up. I think there is more incentive when you feel like you have a chance. That makes you want to pitch better. If you pitch well, people will take notice."
Kevin Gausman on losing skid in minors
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013) Orioles starting pitcher prospect Kevin Gausman has lost his last three starts for Double-A Bowie. Gausman is now 1-4 with a 3.53 ERA and .264 opponents' batting average through six starts.
He's managed a pretty good strikeout-to-walk ratio. He's struck out 32 batters and walked just one in 35 2/3 innings. Gausman has gone at least seven innings in his last two starts and has allowed just three runs in 14 2/3 innings in that span.
A deeper delve into Kevin Gausman's numbers
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/29/2013) Orioles starting pitcher prospect Kevin Gausman tied a season-high with eight strikeouts Sunday for Double-A Bowie. Gausman has managed 29 strikeouts to one walk in 28 2/3 innings.
Gausman has a 1-3 record, 3.77 ERA and .270 opponents' batting average. Although, MASNsports.com points out Gausman has had much better numbers when Brian Ward has caught him as opposed to Luis Martinez.
Gausman has a 1.45 ERA in the three starts Ward has been behind the plate, holding the opposition to a .194 batting average. In the two starts Martinez has been behind the plate, Gausman has a 8.10 ERA and .375 opponents' batting average.
Kevin Gausman holding his own
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/27/2013) Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman hasn't been perfect in his first season of professional ball with Double-A Bowie. That said, he's been impressive, the Baltimore Sun reports.
The No. 2-ranked prospect in the organization will make his fifth start Sunday against Harrisburg. He's 1-2 with a 4.74 ERA. He's allowed four or more earned runs in two of his four starts, but was sharp in the other two. He's throwing strikes and he's got 21 Ks compared to just one walk on the year.
"I feel healthy, my arm feels great, my [velocity’s] been pretty solid, my stuff’s been there," Gausman said Friday. "I think there have been some times when I’ve left the ball up in fastball counts and that’s something you definitely can’t do here. I think the hitters in big-league camp, they’re so good that I think they have a better approach up there. Here, they’re all looking for fastballs, so when they see one, they’re going to go for it. I think I’m getting better."
Scouts raving about Kevin Gausman
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) There is no indication that a call up is close to imminent, but according to one scout in the minors, Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman is showing major-league skills.
Pitching at Double-A Bowie, Gausman has been hit hard in three starts, but a scout told Baseball America's Jerry Crasnick that Gausman is "pretty close" to being major-league ready, despite having thrown just 31 innings as a professional. A big reason why Gausman is so impressive is his 31-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio in eight starts dating to last season. Baseball America ranked Gausman as the No. 26 prospect in the league entering the season.
Gausman remains a possibility for a mid-season call-up if the Orioles are in need of a starter, though he is behind Dylan Bundy in the pecking order. That possibility is enough to make him a more-than-worthy speculative addition in keeper Fantasy formats, especially if you have a minor-league roster spot available.
Kevin Gausman quickly corrects flaws
by | (4/11/2013) After being rocked in his season debut last week, Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman displayed improved sharpness with his slider Thursday to secure his first professional win with Double-A Bowie. Gausman, ranked the club's second-best prospect by MLB.com, reached the high-90s with his fastball and struck out five batters while walking nine.
"I felt good, I felt comfortable out there," Gausman told MASNsports after yielding just one run and two hits over six innings. "I felt like I was on top of the hitters and that is always a good feeling when you're a pitcher. Overall, I thought my stuff was probably the best it's been."
Kevin Gausman struggles in Double-A debut
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) Orioles starting pitching prospect Kevin Gausman struggled in his Double-A debut, surrendering six runs (four earned) on eight hits and no walks in four innings Saturday while striking out eight batters. He threw 65 of his 84 pitches for strikes, according to MLB.com.
Kevin Gausman develops minor blister
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/31/2013) Orioles prospect Kevin Gausman pitched in a minor league game Sunday and developed a blister on his pitching hand, reports MASNSports.com.
Gausman had three more innings to go when he developed the blister, but Baltimore stopped him as a precaution. It is not expected to be serious and the O's are just being careful with their No. 2-ranked pitching prospect.
Gausman is expected to begin the year in the rotation for Double-A Bowie.
Kevin Gausman re-assigned to minor-league camp
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/27/2013) The Baltimore Orioles re-assigned pitching prospect Kevin Gausman to minor-league camp Wednesday. The team's first-round pick in the 2012 draft, Gausman finished the spring with 17 strikeouts in 16 innings along with a 3.94 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. He will open the season alongside top prospect Dylan Bundy at Double-A Bowie.
Kevin Gausman makes final Grapefruit start
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/26/2013) Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman made his final start in the Grapefruit League Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins. Gausman went the first two innings without allowing a hit but came undone in the third.
The top prospect gave up a single then an RBI triple to Aaron Hicks in the third inning and ultimately left after 3 2/3 having allowed three earned runs on six hits and no walks with three strikeouts. His Grapefruit League ERA is 3.94.
The 22-year-old Gausman had an impressive spring and lasted longer than super prospect Dylan Bundy in camp. That said, he is likely to be reassigned to minor-league camp and most likely will begin the year at Double-A Bowie. He could be in line for a call-up during the season and some believe he'll make the majors before Bundy.
Kevin Gausman impressive against Red Sox regulars
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/19/2013) Baltimore pitching prospect Kevin Gausman, who remains in major league camp while top prospect Dylan Bundy was cut last week, made a two-inning appearance on Tuesday in a Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox.
Gausman struck out three batters and allowed just one hit over two scoreless frames. He mowed down Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia to begin the sixth inning.
"He was good again," manager Buck Showalter said. "You can see why everybody's so high on him. He's thrown well here. I'm impressed with the little things, his time to the plate from the stretch. When he does get centered up, he comes back out and continues to pound the zone. He won't get fearful of the barrel of the bat like a lot of guys do who don't have a lot of experience."
The Orioles have another round of cuts coming on Thursday and it appears that could be the end of the line for Gausman, who is the No. 2 overall prospect for Baltimore and is rated No. 26 overall in the majors by Baseball America.
"He's pitched well and Thursday we'll take a step back and decide whether it's time for him to go or not," Showalter said.
Kevin Gausman wild early in first start
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/14/2013) Orioles starting pitching prospect Kevin Gausman received his first opportunity to start in the spring Thursday, and he struggled with his control early. Gausman, who is not expected to break camp with the team after pitching just 15 minor-league innings last season, could not make it through three innings in the start. He finished the start with two runs allowed in 2 2/3 innings. Gausman walked the first two batters he faced in the game and finished with three, but the No. 4 overall selection in last year's draft told the Baltimore Sun that nerves were not a concern.
“I don’t think it was nerves. That first batter, I threw some great pitches. All those pitches are low, and that’s what you try to stay at the bottom half of the zone,” he said. ”I definitely wasn’t as nervous as I was before.”
Gausman packs high-90’s heat but threw just 34 of his 54 pitches for strikes, with a pair of strikeouts in the outing. Gausman has 11 strikeouts and five walks in 10 1/3 innings this spring, with a 3.48 ERA over five appearances.
Gausman hits 98 mph on radar gun
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/24/2013) Baltimore top prospect Kevin Gausman attempted to pitch the final two innings on Sunday in his Grapefruit League debut against Toronto. Unfortunately, Gausman could only get five of the last six outs of the game before Rob Delaney had to come on to finish up. Gausman walked two and gave up a hit as he allowed a run to score over 1 2/3 innings. He did strike out two batters in the game and displayed a nasty changeup to go with his fastball that topped out at 98 mph, reports MASNSports.com. Gausman was routinely at 96-97 mph. "I was a little amped up there at the start," Gausman said. "Obviously, I should be. It was kind of a big highlight in my life, so it was kind of cool."
Gausman to last through September
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/12/2013) MASN.com reported on Tuesday that the Baltimore Orioles have no intention of shutting down top prospects Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman at the end of the year, instead opting to monitor their innings early on, ensuring their availability to pitch into September and October.
Gausman starting first full pro season
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/5/2013) Baltimore pitching prospect Kevin Gausman was recently named the team's No. 2 overall prospect behind Dylan Bundy heading into the 2013 season, reports MLB.com. Gausman, the team's top pick in 2012 out of LSU, has two established pitches already in his fastball and changeup. Gausman appears poised to progress quickly through the minor league system, despite having just 15 professional innings under his belt.