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Kevin Gausman Optioned Per @Orioles Twitter


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Gausman has shown some good things in his time up here, but clearly needs more development time.

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Yeah I've liked a lot of the makeup of his pitches that I've seen from him so far, but I agree that he could use some more time to better develop them.

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Gausman has no place but the bigs. Sorry.

Really he's not ready yet ..he needs a solid third pitch. His off speed location is rough and he should have to throw it 50% while at Norfolk until he get better with it. Hopefully Britton brings it with his chance and secures a spot in the rotation long term.

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It is my understanding that Gausman will make his next start with Baltimore.[/QUOT

Me too. He would face the Tigers,

who he pitched pretty well against. Gonzo wife is due on the 19th ,put Gonzo on paternity leave on the 18th and he makes his next start on five days rest.

Just want to interject that babies don't necessarily arrive on their due date. I was 12 days over my due date with our firstborn. And the only reason she finally did arrive on that 12th overdue day was because I demanded a c-section. ;)

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This move appears to be more of a roster crunch situation and the fact that Gonzalez will most likely be going on maternity leave which would allow Gausman to make his next start anyways.

Gausman was better last night, but he is still making mistakes in the middle of the plate and the slider is well below-average, and that's being nice. His changeup was very good last night with tremendous late fade and he was able to locate his fastball most of the time, which is a good sign. He really is just a two-pitch pitcher right now and it was clear the second time through the order batters started having better at bats against him.

From the 4th-6th inning, batters are hitting .422/.460/.933/1.393 with 6 home runs in 51 PAs. That's a home run every 8.5 batters he faces from the 4th inning on. In case you were wondering, that's not very good.

He appears to lose location more often fro the 4th inning on and batters tend to hit him very hard the second time through the order. A lot of this has to do with location, but in my mind, it also has to do with the fact that he doesn't have an effective breaking pitch. No matter how good a fastball-changeup combo is, a pitcher can only be so effective with two good pitches.

Perhaps Gausman is the best the Orioles have right now to fill out the rotation (though I tend to think Britton would do better), but in my mind, that's more because of the failures of Arrieta and ineffectiveness/injury of Jurrjens, then any statement on his readiness.

Until he can effectively throw his slider his ceiling will be limited no matter how good his fastball-changeup combination currently are. He's a five inning pitcher right now in the major leagues due to his ineffectiveness after the 3rd inning. to me the slider is the key to improving that.

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Me too. He would face the Tigers,

who he pitched pretty well against. Gonzo wife is due on the 19th ,put Gonzo on paternity leave on the 18th and he makes his next start on five days rest.

Brilliant roster maneuvering by DD. He's like a wizard.

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Two things I like about this:

1. It came after a good start so it should be clear to Gausman that it was a roster crunch thing not a "failure" thing.

2. We have a chance to stop his service clock and get him under the Super 2 threshold.

1. YES.

2. NO.

I don't think the Orioles are concerned about his service clock TBH. The Orioles are in a win mode. I don't think they are worried about 3-4 years from now. We should be doing whats best for the team this year and next few years to bring home a WS.

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I didn't really see much of anything that screamed "top prospect". His slider is a little league pitch.

That's what I mean. He needs to work on his breaking pitches. His fastball is great, his change is a plus pitch. But his breaking balls are so-so, and need to be further developed.

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1. YES.

2. NO.

I don't think the Orioles are concerned about his service clock TBH. The Orioles are in a win mode. I don't think they are worried about 3-4 years from now. We should be doing whats best for the team this year and next few years to bring home a WS.

Hear, hear!

Totally agree. Not at all worried about his super-2 status, and I hope the Orioles aren't either.

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This move appears to be more of a roster crunch situation and the fact that Gonzalez will most likely be going on maternity leave which would allow Gausman to make his next start anyways.

Gausman was better last night, but he is still making mistakes in the middle of the plate and the slider is well below-average, and that's being nice. His changeup was very good last night with tremendous late fade and he was able to locate his fastball most of the time, which is a good sign. He really is just a two-pitch pitcher right now and it was clear the second time through the order batters started having better at bats against him.

From the 4th-6th inning, batters are hitting .422/.460/.933/1.393 with 6 home runs in 51 PAs. That's a home run every 8.5 batters he faces from the 4th inning on. In case you were wondering, that's not very good.

He appears to lose location more often fro the 4th inning on and batters tend to hit him very hard the second time through the order. A lot of this has to do with location, but in my mind, it also has to do with the fact that he doesn't have an effective breaking pitch. No matter how good a fastball-changeup combo is, a pitcher can only be so effective with two good pitches.

Perhaps Gausman is the best the Orioles have right now to fill out the rotation (though I tend to think Britton would do better), but in my mind, that's more because of the failures of Arrieta and ineffectiveness/injury of Jurrjens, then any statement on his readiness.

Until he can effectively throw his slider his ceiling will be limited no matter how good his fastball-changeup combination currently are. He's a five inning pitcher right now in the major leagues due to his ineffectiveness after the 3rd inning. to me the slider is the key to improving that.

Do you/scouts think he can improve the slider at the big league level or is it better that he goes back down to work on it in a less pressure-full environment?

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Do you/scouts think he can improve the slider at the big league level or is it better that he goes back down to work on it in a less pressure-full environment?

I'm no scout, but I'd think it would be better for him to work on it in the minors instead of on a team competing for the playoffs.

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