Cactus League prospect pulse

Trevor Bauer may start 2012 in the minors, but it won't be long before he's in Arizona. Chris Pondy/Icon SMI

After last week's look at some prospects making noise in Florida, we shift focus this week to Arizona, from where I've just returned from a tour of several camps.

Trevor Bauer, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks

Much of the focus on last year's third overall pick in the draft is on his unorthodox warm-up routines, but scouts are focusing on him as a pitcher. While he has less the 30 professional innings under his belt, many were surprised to see Bauer lose out on the final spot in the Arizona rotation. "He won't be in the minors for long," said an American League scout. "I just don't see any reason he can't get big league hitters out right now. He's coming at guys with three average or better pitches and throwing strikes with it."

While it looks more and more like Bauer will begin the year in the minors, he's one of the rare prospects who could simply force his way into the big leagues with his performance and not need the help of an injury or poor performance at the big league level.