FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The stability of the
In Gausman's first spring camp, he's had a chance to compile innings in major league games because the Orioles didn't want to pitch their established starters against division competition.
And by the final week of camp, Gausman had impressed enough people inside the Orioles clubhouse to make them confident that he will be a member of the rotation sooner than later.
“A couple of [Gausman’s] established teammates were saying maybe [division opponents] shouldn’t see him [in
Gausman’s days in big league camp are likely numbered after he made his final spring start Tuesday in the Orioles’ 9-5 loss to the
The 22-year-old Gausman, the Orioles' first-round pick last year out of LSU, allowed three runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings with three strikeouts and no walks. He threw 69 pitches, 50 of them strikes.
"I've learned a lot," Gausman said of his first camp. "[I] probably learned more in my [bullpens] and things like that than [in] the games. Things happen in the game that you can't really control. But you know, I've learned so much, pounding the strike zone, keeping guys off balance, guys at this level you can make great pitches and they are going to hit doubles. So, not much you can do about that."
Gausman said he never expected to still be around this late in camp, but he tried to take advantage of the added opportunity.
To be honest, I thought I was going to be in big league camp for maybe a week or two,” Gausman said. “Right after [top pitching prospect
Gausman showed that he's a polished pitcher and, as long as the innings were there for him in big league camp, he was going to stay. And Gausman impressed, pitching to a 3.86 ERA in seven spring games, allowing 17 hits and seven runs over 16 1/3 innings with 17 strikeouts and seven walks.