SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When he was a young player coming up with the Tigers, Kirk Gibson was dubbed the next Mickey Mantle by Detroit manager Sparky Anderson.
After going through that experience, the D-backs skipper is loathe to place any kind of expectations on young players.
Gibson was resolute in not talking up outfielder and former No. 1 overall pick Justin Upton in the past. Wednesday, Gibson was equally adamant when talking about the organization's No. 1 pick from a year ago, Trevor Bauer.
"I just encourage him, like J-Up, just let it unfold, don't be who you guys [the media] say he's supposed to be," Gibson said. "That's the most dangerous thing he can do. It's not like you guys are trying to do anything mean. You say positive things about him, but it's like how do you know? He's got ability. We know he's got ability, but what's he going to do with it?
"Just come out here and enjoy it. There's a lot of resources for him to utilize so he can develop and become who he can be. Hopefully he wins several world championships and he's in this organization and becomes a Hall of Famer. Will he? I have no idea. Neither does he. He's certainly got a golden arm."
Bauer has a unique preparation routine that he believes has helped him become the pitcher that he is. He and Gibson sat down Wednesday for 15 minutes to talk about how that can be incorporated into what the D-backs do.
"I think the thing for Trevor Bauer is to just come out here and understand what we're trying to do," Gibson said. "We'll adjust the best we can to accommodate him, but at the same time he's going to have to adjust as well. I mean, we're not going to do a whole practice around his schedule. He knows that. The kid is extremely driven -- I can tell you that already after a few days. He's extremely competitive and he's extremely critical of himself."