The Orioles were rumored to be seeking college pitchers all spring and wound up with one, taking righthander Kevin Gausman out of Louisiana State.
An eligible sophomore, Gausman has been LSU's ace all spring and is still pitching for the Tigers, helping lead the team to the super regional round. Gausman's fastball reaches 97 mph consistently and scouts give his changeup plus grades; one area scout said it moved so much he thought it was a slider. His slider is his top breaking ball, and while scouts liked it as an above-average pitch in high school, it's been inconsistent as a college player.
Gausman is 11-1, 2.72 with 128 strikeouts in 116 innings this spring for LSU with just 27 walks allowed.
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