Gausman on his promotion

I’ll have a full story up on Kevin Gausman and his Major League debut on Thursday shortly on Orioles.com, but here is what the 22-year-old had to say to the media this afternoon.

[on how he got the news?] “I was in Akron [Ohio] and Brian Graham and Gary Kendall, Blaine Beatty all of them were in the coaches room and called me in there and I didn’t really know what to expect. Gary Kendall kind of dropped the bomb on me. You know, I don’t really think it hit me until today, until my second flight here from Atlanta. Then I just kinda was thinking, you know, ‘Wow I’m really here. It’s crazy.’”

[on what it was like to walk into the clubhouse] “It’s definitely something I’ll never forget. Kind of just walking in here. But like you said, Spring Training, part of the reason they kept me there so long was to kind of get used to being around these guys. I think they did a really good job of having younger prospects, guys like me and [Dylan] Bundy kind of around those guys a lot. so when it does happen like this it doesn’t feel like we don’t know anybody on the team.”

[on the experience at Double-A Bowie] “The biggest thing was they told me to kind of get used to a five-man rotation, get used to pro ball. i hadn’t been used to throwing every fifth day and the travel that yo udo in pro ball, it’s a lot different than college. In college you are not playing every night. So, it’s definitely something you get used to after a while.

[on what the start will be like] “Obviously it’s going to be really exciting. I try and not think about it too much. Just go out there and keep doing what you’re doing and throw strikes.”

[who he called first] “I called my dad and he didn’t answer of course so I called my mom. My dad told me he thinks she just about fainted. It was pretty exciting and kind of emotional for my mom. So it was definitely something I’ll never forget.”

[anybody going to watch?]
“I know my parents are going to be there. I don’t really know anything other than that. Right now I don’t really know.”

[on if he think he's improved from the start of the season]
“Yeah I think I’ve definitely improved. I think the biggest thing is probably my slider more than anything. Just being able to throw it in different situations. I’ve spent all year learning different ways to throw it and in different situations so that’s something I definitely learned more than anything else.”

[were you concentrating on fastball command?]
“I was definitely working on throwing — in Spring Training, kind of focusing on throwing more strikes. One thing I didn’t want to do in big league camp was have them send me down because I couldn’t throw strikes. That was something that I kind of wanted to work on while I was there and I think I hit the ground running in Spring Training and, you know, going into the season, just try to keep doing the same thing.”

[was there a game you thought, ‘if they call me, now I’m ready’?]
“Not really. I didn’t really kind of have that one moment that really sticks out. I was just trying to win ballgames. I kind  of got off to a slow start up there, I was leaving some balls up. So I was just trying to get back to what I was doing in college, just try to leave the ball down and win ballgames.”

Like I said, I was kind of shocked and I didn’t really know what happened until, you know, today. And then I was like, wow, I wish I had hugged this guy or said thanks and stuff like that but it didn’t really hit me until today.”

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