Lincecum knows exactly where Bauer’s coming from

Photo by Jordan Megenhardt

By Josh Greene

Even a two-time Cy Young winner like Tim Lincecum was an unproven prospect at one time in his career, so the four-time Giants All-Star is well aware of what D-backs first-round draft pick Trevor Bauer has in store for himself as part of a much-anticipated rise through the Minor League ranks.

“It’s obviously a different lifestyle up here,” Lincecum said. “It’ getting used to playing baseball on an everyday basis, which you think you’re used to playing in summer ball all the time and a season in college. It’s another animal up here. I’m not saying it’s a terrible thing. It’s a fun thing. He’ll get to meet a ton of personalities with his talent, and he’ll rise through the levels pretty quickly. The toughest part for me was becoming friends with other players, and then seeing yourself go to the next level. It was a quick ride. You remember them along the way. At the same time, it’s tough for them to watch you do the same thing, where you’re there one minute and gone the next. It’s all fun and it’s whether it’s meant to be or not, that’s up to him.”

During Bauer’s visit to Chase Field during June’s D-backs-Giants series, the former UCLA hurler reportedly declined a meeting with his San Francisco pitching idol – rather opting for a possible pitching duel down the road.

Still, the similarities between the two on the mound presently are unmistakable.

“In a way it’s flattering, because he’s trying to see what I do,” Lincecum added. “That’s trying to be very efficient with my body and not having any wasted energy. I’m sure he’s much smarter than I am, so he’s probably much more in touch with that through his last couple of years in college. That speaks to the numbers he’s had over the years. It’s cool to have guys mold themselves off us pitchers. You see it more so with the younger guys, but I don’t think it’s so much all the mechanics of my motion, but just utilizing certain things. Small tweaks, but it’s all about finding ways to get yourself to this level and finding ways to stay.”

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