In talking to Dodgers players and coaches about Trevor Bauer, you hear one thing over and over again. It’s not the impressive resume or the quirky ways that he approaches warming up for starts. It’s not even the talent that he obviously brings to Los Angeles.
Instead, you hear about how hard Bauer works on his craft. In every aspect of the game, Dodgers players and members of the coaching staff continue to point out how Bauer obsesses with being the best version of himself on the mound.
Dodgers pitching coach Mark Prior spoke with am570 this week about his new starting pitching. For Prior, he believes that Bauer’s ridiculous work ethic is starting to rub off on some of the younger and more impressionable guys.
I think he’s a great example for a lot of these young guys I camp. When you’re talking about Bobby Miller, Ryan Pepiot, Andre Jackson, I think it just gives them another guy as well as Walker ad Clayton and Julio to look at things they can put into their own program. So I think his work ethic is rubbing off.
The Dodgers having young guys in camp to be around big leaguers is something they do for as long as they can. Getting experience like that and getting to talk with guys about their craft isn’t something that your average minor league player gets the opportunity to do very often.
So if Bauer can be one of the guys that has that sort of sway with the young players, the Dodgers might be getting more out of this deal than they thought,.
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