Gausman Ready To Move For Orioles
BALTIMORE—Kevin Gausman wants to pitch in the majors this year, but he'll start off with a more modest goal in spring training.
"Just show the coaches who I am, what I can bring to the team," he said. "Only a couple of them have actually seen me pitch, so that's going to be something a little bit different. Just kind of interact with them and talk baseball. Getting to know my teammates, interact with them, play catch with different guys. It's just a relationship you build with your teammates. You can't explain it. Just kind of talking with them about baseball and getting to know each other is really going to help later on."
The Orioles made Gausman the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Louisiana State and gave him a $4.32 million bonus. He went 0-1, 3.60 in five starts after signing between short-season Aberdeen and high Class A Frederick. He walked one and struck out 13 in 15 innings.
Gausman and Dylan Bundy, the fourth overall pick in 2011, are expected to begin the season at Double-A Bowie, but a final decision won't come until spring training.
Gausman, 22, saw Bundy and top position prospect Manny Machado get the call to the big leagues last summer, and it left him encouraged.
"It's really exciting for me that they don't really care how many years you've spent in the minors," he said.
Gausman and Bundy have different personalities, but they're linked as the Orioles' top two pitching prospects.
"I'd say we're pretty opposite," Gausman said. "He's really kind of a health freak and I eat doughnuts. He's really a strong guy and I'm skinny. So we're really different, but we have a good relationship.
"We're real good friends. We stayed in touch during the offseason. We're just now starting to actually get to know each other."
• The Orioles hired Matt Martine as their new minor league infield coordinator, a position that became vacant with Bobby Dickerson's promotion to major league third-base coach. Martin, 43, served in the same role with the Dodgers from 2007-2011. Last year, he was the Dodgers' coordinator of Arizona instruction and managed the organization's team in the Rookie-level Arizona League.
• Infielder Jonathan Schoop, 21, will represent the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.