Manager Buck Showalter won't "fox-hole" Gausman into one specific role. But it's become obvious that the 22-year-old has earned trust, working his way into late-game situations regularly.
"This time of year, stuff plays," Showalter said Wednesday. "He's pitched in some big venues. Until you go to a night SEC game on Friday night against rivals -- he's pitched with high expectations a lot in his career."
Gausman, who was pitching for Louisiana State University just more than a year ago, also impressed Red Sox manager John Farrell.
"Well there's a lot [to like]," Farrell said. "Arm strength, action, strike throwing ability. To think that someone 14 months ago was on the campus of LSU and is now pitching in a pennant race, it was impressive, both in raw stuff and just composure and attacking the strike zone. He's got great stuff."