BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Former LSU pitching star Kevin Gausman will make his Major League Baseball debut with the Baltimore Orioles Thursday night in Toronto against the Blue Jays.
"We're trying to win," manager Buck Showalter said of what went into the decision to call up Gausman after just eight Minor League starts. "And we think he can help us."
He was the Orioles' first-round pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.
Last year he went 12-2 for the Tigers and was voted first-team all-SEC by the league coaches.
"The future is now," said Dan Duquette, executive vice president of baseball operations. "He has the best stuff and the most consistent control of just about any pitcher that we have in the organization, so we thought employing his strength for our Major League team was the way to go."
Gausman was promoted directly from Double-A Bowie, where he went 2-4 with a 3.11 ERA in eight starts.