Dodgers: Mark Prior Thinks Trevor Bauer’s Work Ethic is Rubbing Off on Other Players

That contract is about more than just talent.

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 01: Trevor Bauer #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers warms up in the bullpen prior to a spring training game against the Colorado Rockies at Camelback Ranch on March 1, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

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.

Related: Bauer’s Agent Explains How He Almost Didn’t Pick the Dodgers

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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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.


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  1. The difference is Kershaw and Buehler have supernatural talent that seems unattainable to younger guys whereas Bauer is hitting this amazing stride at 30 BECAUSE of his hard work

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