#MLBPlayers411 | Kevin Gausman
Kevin Gausman, today's #MLBPlayers411 subject, is looking like the pitcher manager Buck Schowalter had in mind when he was named Opening Day starter for the Orioles this season.
In a midseason renaissance, the hard-throwing 26-year-old has allowed just two earned runs through 27.2 innings, lowering his ERA to 5.15 -- its lowest point since April 13. In his most recent start, last Friday, he allowed just three hits over seven innings and didn't get a decision.
Schowalter told reporters afterward that performance was indicative of why the Orioles haven't given up on their first round draft selection from 2012.
"He was really good," Showalter said. "The patience was because we knew Kevin was better than that. Some of the patience we had to have, not had to have but want to have because of their track record. Kevin doesn't have a long one, but we know he's capable of better than that.”
That outing followed a start the previous Saturday in which Glausman pitched a career-long 8 2/3 innings without allowing a run to defeat Texas.
Gausman was a sixth-round draft selection (Dodgers) coming out of high school in Centennial, Colo., but he instead chose to pitch for Louisiana State University. He went 12-2 with a 2.77 ERA in 18 games for LSU as a sophomore and helped the Tigers to the College World Series.
The 6-foot-4 right-hander was selected fourth overall by the Orioles that June, a year after the club had taken rotation mate Dylan Bundy with the fourth overall selection. Gausman was also the third LSU player taken by the Orioles in the first round, joining Mike Fontenot (19th overall in 2001) and Ben McDonald (first overall in 1989).
Since then, it's only been a matter of time. The Orioles knew he had the repertoire – upper-90s-mph four-seam fastball with sinker, splitter and change-up – to pitch effectively in the major leagues. They were just waiting for a stretch like the current one in which Gausman has been able to harness his stuff.
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