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Top pick Bauer easing into first camp

Top pick Bauer easing into first camp

Top pick Bauer easing into first camp
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There were not a lot of nerves for D-backs No. 1 pick Trevor Bauer as he threw his first bullpen session of the spring Tuesday.

On-the-field stuff is a comfort zone for the right-hander, selected third overall in last year's Draft. As for everything else that goes into being in a big league training camp for the first time, well that's a different story.

"Once you get on the field, it's baseball at any level, it's fun," he said. "The clubhouse stuff, the schedule, trying to figure out what Spring Training is like, it's my first one, so that whole thing is nerve wracking for sure."

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Bauer learned his first lesson Monday when he was the last pitcher to arrive for the workout.

"I didn't know what time guys were getting here," he said. "I was told there was a meeting at 1 p.m. and get here a little earlier and be dressed for the meeting. Showed up at 12:30, got dressed and was ready for the meeting 20 minutes early, but apparently that was a little bit late. So I got here a couple of hours early today."

Working hard has never been a problem for Bauer, who was known in college for his unique and intense training regimen.

In fact, he's been throwing for almost three months already.

"Ball felt good coming out of my hand," he said of Tuesday's session. "Thought my stuff was OK, inconsistent mechanically, and obviously that leads to location problems. I'm pretty much ready to go, I've just got to figure out how to locate the ball again."

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