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Orioles101′s Top Ten Baltimore Orioles Prospects List: #2 Kevin Gausman

December 18th, 2012 at 8:13 AM
By Josh Michael

Orioles101 has received several requests to go through the Baltimore Orioles prospects and formulate a list of how these prospects rank. We strive to provide readers with information and articles that they want to read, thus we have compiled a top ten Baltimore Orioles prospects list. I have broken down these players myself, and we now arrive at number two: Kevin Gausman.

'Kevin Gausman' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Gausman was originally drafted in 2010 by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth round out of Grandview High School, but he did not sign. Baltimore's first round pick (4th overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft out of Louisiana State University, Gausman, now 21 years old, is a stud in every sense of the word. He has a great frame (6'4'' 185 lbs) that still has room for muscle building, which will only make him better. Gausman has life on his fastball as his two seamer ranges between 90-93 mph, while his four seamer is normally in the 94-96 mph range, but when he dials it up it has touched as high as 100 mph. One issue when he does dial it up is the four seamer tends to get a little flat, but when he throws it in his normal range it has a very sharp plane and can locate it low in the zone. Kevin also has a very nice changeup with late hand side action and ranges between 81-82 mph, which makes it even more effective.

Kevin was able to get in five starts with the Orioles organization this year after pitching in the very tough SEC in college. Restricted to three innings per start, Gausman allowed just one hit in two starts with the Aberdeen Ironbirds, while striking out five in six innings pitched and did not allow a run or a walk. He was then promoted to the high class A Frederick Keys where he made three starts for a total of nine innings pitched. In his first start with the Keys, Gausman finally got hit for some runs giving up four earned runs and allowing his only walk of the season, but in his final start of the season, he allowed just one hit, while striking out four in his three innings and showed that he can make the adjustments, which is very promising for his future. All told, he threw a total of 15 innings in the minor leagues this season with a 3.60 ERA while striking out 13 and walking just one.

Kevin was also kind enough to sit down with Orioles101 for an interview and respond to some questions for our readers.

Orioles101: First let me just say thank you for taking the time for us, really appreciate it. If you can put it into words, how would you describe how you felt when Baltimore selected you 4th over in this past draft?

No problem! I would have to say obviously very happy! I was very anxious to get started in this organization. Especially with it's recent success and just happy to hopefully be a part of bringing this organization back to competing for many years to come.

Orioles101: How much do you believe playing at LSU helped you as opposed to going straight into pro ball out of High School?

I think pitching in the SEC week in and week out helped me so much! The caliber of talent that you face every weekend prepares you for the next level. That and the coaching I received from everyone at LSU really made the transition to pro ball easy.

Orioles101: What are you working on this offseason to both prepare and improve on for your first full professional season in 2013?

The biggest thing I am working on is being more consistent. I feel there are aspects of my game that can play at the highest level, but to be a big league starter, you have to be consistent with all your pitches and be in control of the game. I am getting stronger so I can go deeper into games and handle the workload of a big league starting pitcher.

Orioles101: Like hearing that! Who was your favorite team growing up? Favorite player?

I would have to say my favorite team growing up was the Arizona Diamondbacks because my favorite player was Randy Johnson.

Orioles101: Not a bad guy to look up to, both figuratively and literally, haha. What is your goal for 2013?

Yeah, he repped pretty well for us skinny guys, haha. My goal for 2013 is to make it up to the big league squad and be able to contribute in anyway possible.

Orioles101: I know Orioles fans would would love to see you there! Last one for you, who wins this year's Super Bowl?

The Ravens of course, haha. No I'm actually hoping that Peyton and my Broncos can pull it off.

Orioles101: Haha, well that's a tough thing to hear this week after what he did to the Ravens, but the Broncos sure do look poised to have a run at it. I just want to thank you for taking the time to do this, and I know our readers will enjoy this. Really appreciate it and good luck!

No problem! Take care and God Bless.

Kevin Gausman's professional debut for the Aberdeen Ironbirds

Orioles101 really appreciates Kevin Gausman taking the time to sit down with us for a few minutes, and Orioles fans may, if he is having a good year, see Gausman in the bullpen towards the end of the season, much like they did with Dylan Bundy last year. I believe that Kevin will begin the year with the AA Bowie Baysox, and will show how good he actually is when he is permitted to go longer than three innings per start. With a little fine tuning of his control and some muscle building, he and Bundy could be one of the best one two combinations in a starting rotation in baseball.

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Tags: Aberdeen Ironbirds, Baltimore, Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, Bowie Baysox, Dylan Bundy, Frederick Keys, Jonathan Schoop, Kevin Gausman, MLB

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