It's almost draft day, people. As the day winds closer, it's definitely worth wondering and discussing what might happen with potential draftees should a team who boasts a team in the NYPL select them. Focusing on Trevor Bauer and his huge workload of late, the question that's been asked is if it's worth shutting him down for the year after he gets drafted.
According to an unnamed source, the Indians are really interested in selecting Trevor Bauer with their first pick in the draft. They select at #8 and there's a really good chance he's not even there once they're on the board. With an almost 100% chance that the Pirates do not select Bauer at #1, whether the Nationals or Orioles (obviously focusing on NYPL teams here) plan on taking him has not been determined -- At least it has not been disclosed. The Diamondbacks might as well pick him, but regardless of where he goes shutting him down might be a teams best bet. Alas, even if he gets picked by a team that features an affiliate in the NYPL, there's also a fine chance that he doesn't sign until the August 16th deadline -- Two weeks before the NYPL Season ends.
Bauer, who's dominated college ball for UCLA this season beside his counterpart and potential #1 overall pick Gerrit Cole has averaged 124.5 pitches per start this year, as Jason Churchill of ESPN notes. Thus there's been discussion of his workload being a real problem and one that teams definitely think about when deciding on who take with their first selection. Of course, the positives out-weigh the negatives here -- Bauer features an assortment of pitches including a fade away fastball and a 12--6 curveball. He's a strikeout machine and with his Tim Lincecum-esque delivery (just to give an example. Not making ANY comparisons at all) and throws the ball downhill with plenty of torque.
With all of that, you can't put aside the aforementioned heavy workload. Sure, Bauer has been great on the mound but when drafting you have to think about the future and realistically, UCLA sending Bauer out there start after start in which he throws 100+ pitches isn't doing him any favors and it isn't doing Major League teams any favors. However, it's not the college coach's job to monitor his pitchers even knowing that they'll be high on the MLB Draft Boards. Although it would be great to see Bauer pitch for Mahoning Valley, Aberdeen, State College, or wherever, it's best for he and his potential respective teams' future that he does not.