Trevor Bauer's first career major league start with the Indians will forever be remembered as him being the first pitcher to walk the first four batters of a game since John Danks of the White Sox in 2009 and the first Indian since Bartolo Colon. However, Bauer's start was confirmation of everything we have heard about him: has a high ceiling, unpolished, raw, yet fun to watch.
During the middle of the shaky first inning in which he walked the four in a row, Bauer flashed a little of his potential during the Evan Longoria at-bat. On a 1-1 count with the bases loaded, he threw Longoria a 76 mph change up on the outer half of the plate in which he swung and missed. It was such a good change-up that I originally thought it was a fastball until I looked at the pitch speed on the "fox box." It was only the second time in the entire inning in which Bauer hit his spot, the first being the first pitch of the game- a 92mph fastball down the middle of the plate.
After seeing Bauer, it’s obvious the stuff is there for him to become a good starter for the Indians in the relatively near future. With four quality pitches and the ability to throw them from nearly identical release points, Bauer’s mechanics are sharp. However, with his being a cerebral pitcher, the potential is there for Bauer to unlock additional fastball movement and sharpen his command, leaving additional room for growth.