UCLA right-hander Trevor Bauer agreed to terms on a major league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, closing his memorable collegiate career with the Bruins.
This week, Bauer is slated to join the Visalia Rawhide, Arizona's single-A advanced affiliate in the California League. The right-hander from Valencia, Calif., is scheduled to make his first minor league start on Saturday against the Stockton Ports (7 p.m., PT) at Visalia's Recreation Ballpark.
Bauer set UCLA's career records in wins (34), strikeouts (460) and innings pitched (373.1), compiling a career 34-8 record with a 2.36 ERA. In 2011, he set the Pac-10 Conference's single-season strikeouts record (203), eclipsing USC's Mark Prior, who logged 202 for the Trojans in 2001. He won the 2011 Golden Spikes Award, presented annually by USA Baseball to the nation's premier amateur player.
Below is a selection of links to news articles about Bauer beginning his professional career.
MLB: Bauer Signs - The Signal
Arizona Diamondbacks Sign Top Draft Pick Bauer - Arizona Republic
Notes on the Trevor Bauer Signing - Arizona Republic (blog)
Dbacks Agree to Deal With First Pick Bauer - Dbacks.com (includes video)
Diamondbacks Sign Top Draft Pick Bauer - FoxSportsArizona.com (includes video)