• Apr

    Could Gausman be around the plate too much?

    Bowie uber-prospect Kevin Gausman has the weirdest stat lines after three starts. He now has a 18-0, K-BB ratio over 16 innings, but has allowed 20 hits and batters are hitting .290 off him. Without seeing him throw a pitch this season so far, this sounds like a guy making too many mistakes in the middle of the plate. Josh Towers had that issue as well, but the main difference is Gausman has swing and miss pitches in his fastball and changeup.

    With Gausman's plus-plus repertoire, there should be no reason for him to be getting hit this well by Double-A hitters. Now saying that, some believe his infield defense has cost him some, but the penchant to give up the home run (five in 25 innings between Frederick and Bowie) already in his young career is a bit concerning as well. He's also allowing a .393 average with runners on which tells me he struggling throwing from the stretch. It's early in his career, and I've seen his plus stuff this spring, but the one things that has been constant pitching above Aberdeen is that guys collect hits off him including home runs.

    In 25 innings at Frederick and Bowie, Gausman has now allowed 30 hits, including those five home runs, but at the same time he has put up an amazing 31-1 K-BB ratio. Seems strange to say this, but maybe he's around the plate too much?

    Gausman is just getting his feet wet professionally so overall it's nothing to be too concerned about, but it's something to watch over this season.

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Tony Pente

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