Former UCLA right-hander Trevor Bauer has been promoted to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ major league ballclub and will start against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on Thursday, the organization announced this week.
Thursday’s game at Turner Field will be televised by FS Arizona and by SportSouth (formerly Turner South). Game time is 4:10 p.m. (PT)/7:10 p.m. (ET).
Bauer became UCLA’s first-ever Golden Spikes Award winner in 2011 after going 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA and nation-leading 203 strikeouts in 136.2 innings. The native of Valencia, Calif., was selected third overall in the 2011 MLB Draft by Arizona.
Since pitching in his final game for the Bruins on June 4, 2011, Bauer has quickly ascended through the minor leagues. He went 1-2 with a 5.96 ERA, totaling 43 strikeouts in 25.2 innings between single-A (Visalia) and double-A (Mobile) last season.
Bauer has gone 11-1 with a 2.23 ERA in 16 starts between double-A (Mobile) and triple-A (Reno) this season. Since being elevated to the Reno Aces in mid-May, Bauer has gone 4-0 with a 2.82 ERA, 56 strikeouts and 22 walks in 44.2 innings (eight starts) at the triple-A level.
After enrolling at UCLA one semester early in Jan. 2009, Bauer went on to have the most dominant career of any pitcher in school history. He finished his three-year career with a 34-8 record and 2.36 ERA, having logged 460 strikeouts in 373.1 innings.
Bauer became UCLA’s career leader in victories (34), strikeouts (460) and innings (373.1). As a starting pitcher, he posted a 32-5 career record in 44 starts. He established UCLA’s single-season strikeout record with 203 punchouts in 2011, shattering his previous school-record total of 165 in 2010.
He helped lead the Bruins to a program-record 51 victories in 2010, as UCLA advanced to the finals of the College World Series for the first time in school history. Bauer helped UCLA win the 2011 Pac-10 Conference title in outright fashion for the first time since 1986.
Bauer will become the fifth UCLA player under head coach John Savage to advance to the major leagues. With Bauer’s debut on Thursday, at least one player from each UCLA team from 1965 through 2011 will have played in the major leagues.