SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles reassigned pitcher Kevin Gausman, first baseman Travis Ishikawa and catcher Chris Robinson prior to Wednesday's game, with Gausman -- one of the organization's top pitching prospects -- expected to start the season at Double-A.
Gausman, who allowed three runs over 3 2/3 innings in Tuesday's start against the Twins, pitched to a 3.94 ERA in seven spring games, lasting until the final week of Spring Training. The long look, particularly when the Orioles sent fellow top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy down on March 16, was a surprise even for Gausman.
"I've learned a lot," Gausman said Tuesday of his experience in camp. "Probably learned more in my [bullpen sessions] and things like that than the games. Things happen in the game that you can't really control. But I've learned so much, pounding the strike zone, keeping guys off balance -- guys at this level, you can make great pitches and they are going to hit doubles. So, not much you can do about that.
"It was fun to be around, a fun group of guys. I would say most of these guys are pretty young, and that's why it was so much fun to be around them. You don't get any guys who have huge heads or don't want to talk to you because you are the rookie. It's been awesome on the field. It's been fun to just face guys that I watched on TV last year, and having some success against them is definitely good going forward."
Gausman and Bundy, the top two prospects in the organization -- could be in the big leagues at some point this season. Bundy is also expected to start the season at Double-A.
Ishikawa, signed to a Minor League deal this winter, hit .265/.324/.294 in 25 spring games and is expected to be the first baseman at Triple-A Norfolk. Robinson had 11 spring at-bats with the big club and hit .364 in 10 games.
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