BALTIMORE -- Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette made it clear earlier this week that top pitching prospect Kevin Gausman was not a candidate to make Saturday's start. But that doesn't mean the 22-year-old can't continue to create a ruckus down in the Minor Leagues.
Gausman struck out a career-high 10 batters for Double-A Bowie on Friday night, allowing an earned run on four hits over six innings in an impressive 90-pitch outing. The Orioles' first-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft has a 3.11 ERA for Bowie and has allowed 21 runs (16 earned) on 44 hits over 46 1/3 innings, striking out 49 and walking just five.
The expectation is still that Gausman will make the jump directly from Double-A to Baltimore, as third baseman Manny Machado did last year. And while Duquette simply said Gausman was fine where he was, the Orioles rotation -- with two starters on the disabled list -- is in disarray, and Jason Hammel's 4 2/3-inning start on Friday didn't help matters.
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