Bauer makes strong start in Minor League camp

MESA, Ariz. -- Trevor Bauer, the Indians' No. 2 prospect according to MLB.com, pitched in a Minor League game against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.

Bauer has pitched seven innings and posted a 2.57 ERA so far this spring. Although Bauer pitched with the Minor Leaguers on Saturday, manager Terry Francona said there was nothing to make of that and the club was simply getting the right-hander some work.

"Regardless of where he ends up on April 1, you're not going to see the finished product, because he has more developing to do," Francona said. "That doesn't mean he can't break [camp] with us."

The first two innings of Bauer's start took just 27 pitches as he faced seven White Sox batters, striking out two and walking one. Bauer allowing one hit in four innings of work.

Considering he was the third overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Bauer's professional baseball career has been brief. However, it has been filled with controversy as his unconventional throwing routine, as well as his character, have been heavily scrutinized.

But since Bauer was traded to the Indians in December, everything has been relatively quiet and Francona likes what he has seen, even if it is a small Spring Training sample size.

"There's a lot to like," Francona said. "He has some developing going on, but he just turned 22. We've been real pleased. We've all been real pleased."

William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.