By Corey R. Cunningham
The Baltimore Orioles selected RHP Kevin Gausman in the first round of this past years June Amateur draft, 4th overall out of Louisiana State University. Gausman has pitched 9 innings of minor league ball so far, 6 IP in Aberdeen New York Penn League and 3 IP in High A Frederick.
Gausman pitched well in his 2 starts in Aberdeen, with allowing just 1 H and 5 SO, and a .167 WHIP, however, his 3 IP in High A Frederick were everything but smooth. Gausman allowed 4 H, 2 HR in Frederick.
During his promotion from Aberdeen to Frederick, Gausman made a stop in Double A Bowie, where he met his future Orioles teammate in RHP Dylan Bundy, where the two chit chatted about baseball, and their future with the Baltimore Orioles.
Many of the leagues I have played in still have Bundy on the FA market, his value is only in true Dynasty Leagues at the moment, and however, with the Orioles winning, his value might keep getting higher and higher for a September call up. I do think it is too early to bring up Gasman, however, one never knows how the Orioles think.
If Bundy is on your FA wire, I would go ahead and put him on your current roster and be prepared for him to sit on your bench for a while, with the forthcoming of him being promoted for a couple innings and perhaps a start in Baltimore.
In the next couple of weeks many teams will be introducing their young talent to the big star light and seeing how they can produce not only in the spot light of the MLB, but under the pressure of the big leagues, and whether or not they can hold a spot for the 2013 roster, or if they struggle, they will have to earn their spot once again in spring training.
In 2013, keep your eye on RHP Kevin Gausman in your minor league draft, and he should go in the top 10 picks of your Keeper league draft. Looks as if Manager Buck Showalter has a hold on things in Baltimore with the prospects, and perhaps he gives the nod to their promotion or not.