SARASOTA, Fla. — Kevin Gausman, the Orioles’ first-round pick last season out of LSU, threw his first bullpen session with the big league club Thursday.
Gausman said he hasn’t been informed of any innings count limit for this season, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter has indicated that Gausman and Dylan Bundy will be paced so that they are available to the major league club in September and October.
Gausman, a 22-year-old right-hander, threw in front of pitching coach Rick Adair late last season during a road series in Tampa Bay, but Thursday’s was his first structured session in his first big league camp.
“It’s all good,” Gausman said. “First time in front of the coaches in front of the mound. They’ve seen me in Tampa when I was kind of in season and after it. Nobody’s expecting me to throw 95 [mph] today. It’s more, get used to being out there and throwing off the bump.”
Gausman has been working out in Sarasota with other minor leaguers the past two weeks, and this offseason he’s focused on refining his slider, which he hopes can complement a plus fastball and changeup.
“Gausman’s got a pretty good look,” Showalter said. “I think physically he’s going to be fine. I like where he is physically. Look at what great shape he’s in. To the eye he may look a little slight compared to a 28-year-old established guy. It’s a lot of new stuff for him. I’m more inclined to kind of leave him alone. He’s had a lot of success doing it the way he’s doing it. I don’t see a whole lot there to change.”
Other pitchers who threw bullpen sessions on Thursday included Wei-Yin Chen, Jason Hammel, Chris Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez, Mark Hendrickson, Pedro Strop, Daniel McCutchen, Troy Patton, Daniel Schlereth, Mike Belfiore and Eduardo Rodriguez.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun