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Phenom Bauer promoted to Triple-A

DENVER -- The D-backs promoted top pitching prospect Trevor Bauer to Triple-A Reno on Thursday, and he is slated to start for the Aces on Friday against Oklahoma City.

Bauer was Arizona's top selection (third overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

The right-hander was impressive in big league camp during Spring Training and has been dominating Southern League hitters.

In eight starts for Mobile, Bauer was 7-1 with a 1.68 ERA and he allowed just 33 hits in 48 1/3 innings, while striking out 60 batters.

"I wouldn't say he completely overmatched Double-A," D-backs GM Kevin Towers said. "But I think if you look at his numbers, we wanted to put him in an environment where he probably was facing a little better competition, a little more of a veteran hitter, smaller ballpark where it's going to be a little more difficult for him."

Bauer drew lots of attention during the spring for his unique pregame routine, which includes long tossing almost from foul pole to foul pole.

DENVER -- The D-backs promoted top pitching prospect Trevor Bauer to Triple-A Reno on Thursday, and he is slated to start for the Aces on Friday against Oklahoma City.

Bauer was Arizona's top selection (third overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

The right-hander was impressive in big league camp during Spring Training and has been dominating Southern League hitters.

In eight starts for Mobile, Bauer was 7-1 with a 1.68 ERA and he allowed just 33 hits in 48 1/3 innings, while striking out 60 batters.

"I wouldn't say he completely overmatched Double-A," D-backs GM Kevin Towers said. "But I think if you look at his numbers, we wanted to put him in an environment where he probably was facing a little better competition, a little more of a veteran hitter, smaller ballpark where it's going to be a little more difficult for him."

Bauer drew lots of attention during the spring for his unique pregame routine, which includes long tossing almost from foul pole to foul pole.

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