Kevin Gausman SP BAL 4 weeks ago

Gausman got the win despite giving up two earned runs on one hit and two walks while striking out four in 2.1 innings of relief Tuesday against the Rays.

He came in to relieve Wei-Yin Chen in the fifth and pitched multiple innings, which is his designed role to start the season for the Orioles. Even though Gausman gave up two earned runs, he was dominant minus a two-run homer to Kevin Kiermaier. The 24-year-old righty was painting the corners at 97-98 mph down in the zone Tuesday. Don't expect an absurdly low ERA or WHIP, but Gausman will be good for plenty of strikeouts and this won't be the last win he vultures when O's pitchers don't make it deep into a game.

Kevin Gausman SP BAL 1 month ago

Gausman will begin the 2015 season working out of the bullpen, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.

Gausman was beat out by Ubaldo Jimenez for the Orioles' fifth starter job, but will remain with the team in what will likely be a long relief role. Look for Baltimore to turn back to the right-hander if a need for a spot start arises at any point.

Kevin Gausman SP BAL 1 month ago

Gausman appears headed to the bullpen to begin the season, MASN Sports reports.

It is difficult to gauge Gausman because he has thrown just four innings in the Grapefruit League after allowing two runs Thursday. He has thrown several more times in minor league camp. The Orioles want to control his innings, and beginning the season in the bullpen is one way to do that. He could replace any starter for injury or non-performance and there is a good chance he finds a way to get starts as the season progresses. It is important to note there is not final word on the rotation, but for now all signs point toward the bullpen for Gausman.

Kevin Gausman SP BAL 1 month ago

Gausman has thrown just three innings in the Grapefruit League this spring, but he has thrown in several minor league games and remains a candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation, MASN Sports.

The Orioles have given Gausman innings in the minors, but Ubaldo Jimenez has gotten 16 innings in Grapefruit League games through Tuesday. Gausman last threw Friday, so he should be making another appearance in the next day or two and it could come in the Grapefruit League.

Kevin Gausman SP BAL 2 months ago

Gausman threw a scoreless inning, allowing one hit and striking out one in Wednesday's spring training game against the Tigers. Meanwhile, the Orioles said they instructed Gausman not to throw bullpen sessions in the offseason, according to MASN Sports. "First time a guy pitches into October in his life," manager Buck Showalter said. "Just taking a lot precautions with a lot of guys, not just Gausman, to kind of save our bullets as much as possible."

The Orioles took it easy on Gausman in the offseason, which is why he did not go two innings. Ubaldo Jimenez imploded one day earlier, but it is way to early to decry one of the rotation spots as belonging to Gausman. It is very possible that Gausman will see an innings limit this season, probably short of 200 innings pitched considering he has not thrown 160 innings in a season in his professional career.

Kevin Gausman SP BAL 3 months ago

Gausman should be on a limit of around 180 innings in 2015, according to MASN Sports.

Gausman totaled 158.2 innings in 2014 while pitching between the Orioles and Triple-A. He closed the season by striking out 29 in 31.1 innings in September. As long as Gausman has a good spring, the Orioles are expected to have him in the rotation at the beginning of the season.

Kevin Gausman SP BAL 5 months ago

Gausman should be considered an "impact pitcher" in 2015, former baseball executive Jim Duquette told MASN Sports.

Normally, such statements are purely speculative, but we can assume Jim Duquette has knowledge of Baltimore's plans given he is the cousin of Orioles' Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette. The Orioles have options remaining on Gausman, but as long as he can hold his own in spring training it is probably time to take off the training wheels and give Gausman a shot to hold down a rotation spot.

Kevin Gausman SP BAL 7 months ago

Gausman might start Game 7 of the ALCS, if necessary, after the fallout from Monday's rainout, MASN Sports reports.

Gausman saw action in Game 1 as Chris Tillman made an early exit. The Orioles have options, including squeezing two more starts in the series out of Tillman. It could come down to whether Gausman is needed in long relief again in the series prior to a potential Game 7.

Kevin Gausman SP BAL 7 months ago

Gausman will work out of the bullpen in the ALDS, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

The O's have yet to confirm their rotation beyond Chris Tillman, but it will presumably be Wei-Yin Chen, Bud Norris and Miguel Gonzalez in Games 2, 3, and 4, respectively, with Gausman ticketed for relief duty. The 23-year-old Gausman turned in arguably his best month of the season in September, posting a 2.87 ERA with a 29:9 K:BB over 31.1 innings, but he said he expected to work out of the bullpen in the ALDS with the other starters pitching well at the moment.

Kevin Gausman SP BAL 7 months ago

Gausman allowed two runs and three hits in five innings at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, but did not factor in the decision.

Gausman was solid in a tough venue, but he wasn't too efficient, needing 97 pitches to record 15 outs. The young right-hander finishes the 2014 season with a 7-7 record and respectable 3.57 ERA in 108.1 innings. He's likely to pitch out of the bullpen for Baltimore in the ALDS.