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Buzz Worthy: Trevor Bauer on the rise

Updated: March 9, 2011, 4:59 PM ET
By Jason A. Churchill

While there will always be a lot of chatter on the scouting trail about the top few prospects, any buzz-inducing performances will draw the same attention. Over the weekend, UCLA right-hander Trevor Bauer tossed 129 pitches in a 10-inning stint versus Nebraska, which has created a bit of a stir. Bauer, listed at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, ranked at No. 25 on the Preseason Future 50 and has a shot to go in the first round. But if he's overworked in the 130-pitch range continually this spring, clubs may back off with concern that the wear and tear may bring Bauer a damaged arm.

"Some of us worry about that more than others," admitted an area scout. "But it is something we have to consider, and we have to think about it both ways."

The heavy workload can also impact a pitcher's recovery time for his next outing, so throwing 125-130 pitches or more can affect what scouts may see going forward. If the pitcher in question is coming off that kind of day where he's thrown an inordinate number of pitches and looks tired the next time out or is off in a few starts, scouts get that many fewer opportunities to scout who he really is. Some clubs do look at it as a way to test an arm, but it's hard to imagine a scouting director not taking workload into consideration.

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