A first-round draft pick in 2012 who was in the major leagues less than a year later, Kevin Gausman has seen his constant efforts to fashion himself into a front-line major league starter play out in front of Orioles fans desperate for him to fill that role.
His increasing glimpses of that, as well as the struggles that stood in the way of sustaining that success, have been one of the most fascinating threads through this decade for the Orioles.
It’s never been about health, or ability, but whether he can gain the mental acuity and mechanical mastery required to be the consistent No. 1 starter the team has needed for so long.
He’s been in this position before. Gausman,...