May 14, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Gausman (39) throws in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Will Kevin Gausman stay with the Baltimore Orioles?


The Baltimore Orioles pitching rotation has been a story to watch throughout the season. Kevin Gausman, one of the league’s top prospects, was called up to make the start today against the Detroit Tigers.

Gausman was pitching on short rest, so the Orioles weren’t expecting him to go more than four or five innings. Because of that, Buck Showalter had starter Miguel Gonzalez in the bullpen ready to roll when Gausman finished his “start”. Below you’ll find the quick rundown of Gausman’s day, as in-depth as possible.

Positives

  • The young right-hander showed relief-type velocity in today’s game. He hit 98MPH in the first inning, and stay consistently in the mid-90s all day. If the O’s want to use him as a long reliever in the future, speed will be huge in determining his success.
  • As we said in the last point, Gausman proved again that he can be a strong three-inning reliever. His first three have always seemed to be his strongest, and today wasn’t an exception. He’ll need to mix his pitches a bit more, however. He relied on the fastball a bit too much today.
  • Location was key for Gausman in his early-inning success today. He often stifled hitters with great location on the corners, changing the eye levels as well. This has to be looked at as a positive sign for the Orioles coaching staff.

Negatives

  • Today pretty much solidified that Gausman isn’t going to be a strong starter in the MLB. He significantly fell off in the fourth inning, showing that his location and velocity combined can only last for a short period of time.
  • His off-speed stuff just wasn’t there today. While this could be a temporary issue, it’s definitely concerning. I noticed him falling off the mound several times, forcing his off-speed stuff to the left of the plate.
  • The bottom of the order proved to be tough outs for Gausman today, as they managed four hits in the third and fourth innings. He’ll need to get the “easy outs” to be effective outside of AAA.

Future in the MLB

Gausman can be successful, he just has to be used in the proper way. Showalter is a smart manager, and he’ll realize that his young righty can be effective in a long-relief role moving ahead. While Gausman is in a bit of a limbo stage at this point, I expect him to be back in the MLB soon if he gets demoted after this performance. He fights hard, he’ll just need to figure out what kind of pitcher he’ll be moving ahead.

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  • Jonathan Moran

    i joined this page just so i could call you an idiot!
    i’ve never seen a “reporter” with a more knee jerk reaction in my life.

    you want to banish arguably the organizations best starting pitching prospect to a long relief role based on his first start of the year. failing to account for the fact that he pitched six strong innings against that very same team last year.

    Back to yesterdays game though. failing to point out that he was coming off three days rest, which is hard enough as it is. While also neglecting to point out that he pitched a season high 77 pitches three days ago, in his first start in two weeks since he was recovering from Pneumonia. which surely would affect his stamina just proves that you know absolutely nothing about baseball.

    a better article would be questioning the deciscion to bring up your number one pitching prospect on the above mentioned short rest to face arguably the best lineup in the american league, who’s 7-9 hitters have a higher collective batting average than the orioles 1-3 hitters going into that game. He was set up for failure, which is on the organization, not the player.

    To end my rant, i would suggest that you stop writing about baseball, and if you are going to write about baseball, stick to box scores rather than analysis. you have proven you don’t have a leg to stand on in that regard

    • Joe Wedra

      Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed and continue to check out my articles in the future!