But despite optioning top prospect Dylan Bundy to Double-A Bowie on Saturday, the Orioles want to see Gausman, the team’s No. 2 prospect, at least one more time before assigning him to minor league camp, especially since this is the former LSU standout’s first big league camp since being drafted fourth overall last season.
“I’m not trying to [look] into it as anything,” Gausman said. “I don’t really know what to think of it. I think that definitely has something to do with it. I talked with [pitching coach Rick Adair] yesterday and he asked me going into spring training what I was trying to accomplish and I told him more than anything it was just to show them what kind of pitcher I am and what I can bring day in and day out.”
Gausman will make his next – and possibly final – Grapefruit League appearance Tuesday against the Red Sox in Fort Myers.
“To be honest, the whole I time I’ve been here, I’ve been tiptoeing around and just kind of waiting knowing that my time is limited,” Gausman said. “After that I didn’t know. I really didn’t know what was going to happen. I thought that it was my time after that, but I’m thankful for another shot.”
In five spring outings, Gausman has allowed four earned runs on 10 hits over 10 1/3 innings, with 11 strikeouts and six walks.