Gausman poised to fufil promise with debut

BALTIMORE — From the moment the Orioles selected right-hander Kevin Gausman with the fourth overall pick in last year’s First-Year Player Draft, this was the plan. The most advanced pitcher in the crop of amateurs, Gausman — out of Louisiana State University — was considered an arm that could help Baltimore, and help soon.

But it wasn’t until a few days ago, when the 22-year-old was discreetly brought into the batting cage to practice his bunting skills during one of Double-A Bowie’s games, that the possibility became clear.

“I was like, ‘What are we doing?'” Gausman said when Brian Graham, director of player development, gave him a bat and had him square up.

What he was doing was preparing for the future.

The Orioles on Thursday will officially promote Gausman and add him to the active roster for his Major League debut that night in Toronto, a bold move for an organization that shocked the baseball world when it called up 20-year-old infielder Manny Machado in the middle of a pennant race last August.

“We’re trying to win,” manager Buck Showalter said of what went into the decision to call up Gausman after just eight Minor League starts. “And we think he can help us.”

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BALTIMORE — From the moment the Orioles selected right-hander Kevin Gausman with the fourth overall pick in last year’s First-Year Player Draft, this was the plan. The most advanced pitcher in the crop of amateurs, Gausman — out of Louisiana State University — was considered an arm that could help Baltimore, and help soon.

But it wasn’t until a few days ago, when the 22-year-old was discreetly brought into the batting cage to practice his bunting skills during one of Double-A Bowie’s games, that the possibility became clear.

“I was like, ‘What are we doing?'” Gausman said when Brian Graham, director of player development, gave him a bat and had him square up.

What he was doing was preparing for the future.

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