POSTED: Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 2:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 2:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (LSUSPORTS.NET) — Former LSU right-hander Kevin Gausman will make his MLB debut in Toronto Thursday night when he takes the mound as the Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher against the Blue Jays.
The Orioles on Thursday will officially promote Gausman and add him to the active roster for his Major League debut in Toronto.
"We're trying to win," manager Buck Showalter said of what went into the decision to call up Gausman after just eight Minor League starts. "And we think he can help us."
Gausman allowed 21 runs (16 earned) on 44 hits this season for the Bowie (Md.) Baysox, the Orioles’ Double-A affiliate. He posted a 3.11 ERA over 46.1 innings with 49 strikeouts and just five walks. Having acclimated to a five-man rotation and the adjustment of playing a game nearly every day, he is coming off a career-high 10-strikeout performance last Friday.
Gausman, a native Centennial, Colo., was the Orioles’ first-round draft selection in 2012 after posting a 2.77 ERA and a 12-2 record in his sophomore season at LSU. In 18 appearances and 17 starts for the Tigers last season, he pitched 123.2 innings, striking out 135 while walking only 28.
Gausman was named a 2012 first-team all-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper, and he was voted first-team all-SEC by the league coaches.
Gausman is the fifth former LSU player coached by Paul Mainieri to reach the big leagues. The others are pitcher Louis Coleman, pitcher Charlie Furbush, pitcher Ryan Verdugo and infielder DJ LeMahieu.
LeMahieu was recently re-called to the Colorado Rockies active roster after hitting .364 with eight doubles, five triples, one homer and 22 RBI in 33 games with the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
LSU has had at least one former player make his MLB debut in 21 of the past 23 seasons. LSU has produced a total 63 Major Leaguers during its illustrious baseball history.