College Baseball Daily continues our countdown for the 2010 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the list today with number 8 in our countdown with UCLA junior RHP Trevor Bauer. He is from Valencia, California, and attended Hart High School. He ended up picking up two letters as he had an outstanding junior season which saw him go 12-0 with a 0.79 ERA while striking out 106 batters and walking 15 in 70.2 innings. As a junior, he earned first-team All-CIF Southern Section Division I honors and first-team All-Southern Section accolades from the California Baseball Coaches Association (CBCA). Bauer skipped his senior year of high school and enrolled at UCLA a year early.
Bauer made an immediate impact in the UCLA rotation as he appeared in 20 games with 10 starts. He finished the season with a 9-3 overall record and an ERA of 2.99. He throwing four complete games with two saves. He ended up striking out 92 batters in 105.1 innings of work. He did struggle with his control as he walked 27 batters, tossed 10 wild pitches, hit nine batters, and balking on four occasions. He earned earned National Freshman Pitcher of the Year honors from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper while being named a First Team Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, Baseball America, and NCBWA. He also was named the Freshman Pitcher of the Year in the Pac-10 conference while also being named to the All-Conference team.
He played the summer of 2009 with the USA Collegiate National Team where he made five appearances including three starts. He had a record of 1-1 with a 4.67 ERA. He totaled 24 strikeouts while giving up seven walks in 17.1 innings of work. Bauer limited opponents to a .213 average against. His best performance came against Guatemala when he pitched a complete game shutout while striking out 13 batters in a 18-0 Team USA victory.
There was no sophomore slump for Bauer, as he set UCLA’s single season strike out record with 165 K’s over 131.1 innings, both tops in the Pac-10 in 2010, and was tied for 1st with 12 wins. Bauer went 12-3 with a 3.02 ERA over 18 starts, winning his first five decisions of the season, and didn’t lose another game all season after a loss on May 1st, winning 6 of his next 7 decisions, including two wins in the College World Series. Bauer tossed 128 pitches over 7 innings in the Bruins opening game of the College World Series against Florida, striking out 11 and walking only 2 and giving up 3 earned runs in the Bruins’ 11-3 victory. Bauer went 3-0 in 4 postseason starts, sporting a 3.60 ERA and collecting 41 strikeouts in 30.0 over that stretch. Bauer earned All Pac-10 Team Honors yet again, and has held opposing batters to a .236 ERA over his two seasons in Westwood, tossing a total of 5 complete games over his career.