SARASOTA, Fla. --
purposely made sure he steered away from watching pitching prospect
’s first bullpen session of big league camp on Thursday.
Showalter said he didn’t want his eyes to add any pressure as the 21-year-old first-round pick tried to make an impression in his first major league
When Gausman, the Orioles' first-round pick (No. 4 overall) in last year's draft, threw his second bullpen session on Saturday, Showalter couldn't resist sneaking a peek.
And he was impressed.
"That's the first time I got closer to him," Showalter said. "He's got a good hand, a really good hand. He's got a changeup that will play better the higher he goes up against better hitters. When you're throwing an 87, 88 mph changeup in [rookie Class-A] Aberdeen, it's hitting pretty good speed. He's got a grasp of the changeup at a very young stage of his career. That plays. It means his breaking ball doesn't have to be that good."
Gausman, who was in his sophomore season at
"He's got deception in his delivery," Showalter said of Gausman. "He's got late life. He's got a loose arm. He's got a great face. And he comes from a great conference."