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July 19, 2012

BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 2: Explosion

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Our first episode didn't destroy the internet, so we decided to do a second. We talked about Trevor Bauer.

Effectively Wild Episode 2: "Explosion"

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Shaun P.
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Sweet! Downloading now , can't wait to listen!

Jul 19, 2012 05:01 AM
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Nils J

Man, it is nice to wake up to a BPro podcast.
As for the topic, we have been spoiled by all the immediate impact prospects over the last ~2 years. And Parks said recently that there are more to come (I think on Up & In). I wonder if this will affect the type of prospect who takes a while to 'get it' in the majors, or at least the perception of them.

Jul 19, 2012 07:18 AM
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JPinPhilly

Here's the thing with Bauer. Was he (is he) really having trouble hitting the strike zone or is he just convinced that he can get people to swing at his stuff? He seems like the classic example of a kid who is too smart for his own good. He believes that he can get guys out by throwing pitches up in the zone but there is evidence to suggest that it doesn't work and that batters in MLB just aren't going to swing at it.

The kid has talent. Five minutes of watching him at UCLA proved that to me. But, he thinks he can do it his own way and that he can get guys to chase. He's actually been quoted as saying that he'll walk a guy if he likes the match-up with the next batter better than what he's got in front of him.

So is it control problems caused by a mechanical issue or is it just that this dude is too stubborn to pound the strike zone and it costs him?

Jul 19, 2012 16:00 PM
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Nils J

There may be an element of outsmarting himself, but I think a lot of it is lack of control. I've watched about half his MLB starts and that's my impression. He's bounced a ton of pitches and will often miss a few feet out of the strike zone. Especially that nasty curve, it bounces all the time.

Jul 20, 2012 05:22 AM
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