UCLA Adds an Arm

As first reported by the L.A. Times, California prep righthander Trevor Bauer has made the decision to graduate from Newhall (Calif.) Hart High in December and enroll at UCLA this spring—just in time for the 2009 collegiate baseball season. In 2008, as a junior in high school, Bauer was a perfect 12-0, 0.79 in 70.2 innings pitched, striking out 106 batters.

Bauer is considered one one of the better high school pitching prospects in the 2009 draft class, but if he follows through and enrolls early at UCLA, he would not even go through the draft until 2011, when he’ll be a college junior.

Two weeks ago, he attended USA Baseball’s Tournament of Stars and was one of 32 players selected to participate in the 18U national team trials in mid-July. While at the tournament, Bauer made two starts—five innings a piece—and struck out 17 of the 36 hitters he faced, allowing only six hits.

Listed at 6-feet-1, 175 pounds, Bauer used mainly a fastball and curveball to retire hitters, mixing in an occasional changeup. Bauer’s fastball was typically between 88-89 mph but he did flash some 90s and 91s on the radar gun. Bauer’s curve was around 70 mph and changeup 76 mph.