Kevin Gausman gets the call
BALTIMORE – Kevin Gausman walked into the Orioles clubhouse, put down his belongings, and walked into manager Buck Showalter’s office.
Even though Gausman’s addition hasn ‘t been made official, he’ll start on Thursday in Toronto.
Gausman was told on Tuesday night in Akron, Ohio, where Bowie was playing.
“I don’t think it hit me until today,” Gausman said. “I was kind of thinking: ‘I’m really here. This is crazy.’”
Gausman had been pitching for Bowie, and now after just 13 minor league starts, he’s in the big leagues.
“I didn’t know what to expect. I was really happy and really excited,” Gausman said.
With the Baysox, he was 2-4 with a 3.11 ERA. He had 49 strikeouts and five walks in 46 1/3 innings.
He was kept in major league camp until the last week because they liked his talent and to see how he fit in.
“Part of the reason they kept me there was to kind of get used to being around these guys,” Gausman said.
He had to get used to the grind of professional ball and the five-man rotation. His slider has improved, but so has the competition.
“I think the hitters up here probably have more of a plan. I think the hitters are smarter and make quicker adjustments. As pitcher whether you’re starting or in the pen, you have to make quicker adjustments,” Gausman said.
In spring training, Gausman’s first appearance was against the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla., but by the time he was in the game, their big names were out of it.
“It doesn’t really mean anything,” Gausman said. “I know their lineup. I know some of their marquee guys. Other than that, I didn’t know much.”
There was no "aha" moment for the 22-year-old, one that convinced him the big leagues were calling him, but his call-up happened so quickly that he has a regret.
“I wish I had hugged this guy or said thanks and stuff like that, but it didn’t really hit me until today,” Gausman said.