Is Trevor Bauer worth the hype?

Updated: June 27, 2012, 11:33 AM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

The Trevor Bauer era is about to begin.

The No. 3 pick overall in last summer's amateur draft, Bauer has been advertised as the most major league-ready pitching prospect in that class, and in 23 professional starts he has backed up such talk: He's 12-3 with a 3.03 ERA and a whopping 12.06 strikeouts-per-nine ratio. Bauer, of the Arizona Diamondbacks, earned Keith Law's No. 21 prospect ranking overall in the preseason -- 15th, if you extract those prospects now in the major ...

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