Former Hart High and current UCLA pitcher Trevor Bauer was drafted third overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft. The junior was one of two UCLA pitchers selected in the top three of the draft with senior Gerrit Cole going number one overall to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
This marked the first time since 1978 in which one college baseball team had two of the top three picks in the same draft year when Arizona State did it with Bob Horner and Hubie Brooks.
Cole and Bauer were two key contributors to the Bruins success over the last two years including an appearance in the 2010 College World Series. Bauer pitched seven innings against Florida striking out eleven while allowing just two runs for the win.
The 6-2 junior from Valencia attended Hart High School but passed up his senior year to attend UCLA a year early. Bauer picked up 12 wins with a .79 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 70 plus innings. This year at UCLA Bauer went 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA with a record setting strikeouts with 203 in just a 136.2 innings. In addition to Bauer’s stand out numbers in 2010 he also set school records over three years with 460 strikeouts, wins with 34, and innings pitched with 374. Bauer finished his UCLA career with 10 complete games including a streak of nine consecutive in 2011.
Bauer told the L.A. Times that he was hoping that he would be picked by Arizona after his meeting with the team.
“I’m ecstatic,” Bauer told ESPN. “It’s awesome for Gerrit and it’s awesome for me. It’s great for the program and for UCLA. Just an all around great day.”
The 21 year old has also been compared to the two time Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum in both mechanics and numbers.
“I think Lincecum helps him in a lot of ways just because of there delivery,” said Savage. “I think Lincecum’s success and his durability and what he’s done helps Trevor in a lot of ways because the deliveries are similar.”The Hart high product was also nominated on Monday as a finalist for the Golden Spikes award which is given to the top player in the nation every year.
Bauer was one of 37 players from Hart High School to be playing at either the College or professional leader along with being the fourth player selected in the first round from the Santa Clarita Valley.