Looks like Gausman has been sent to AAA to make room for Arrieta. I like everything that has happened so far for his development. He got called up to the majors and learned some things he wouldn't have been able to learn in AA and is now likely going to get at least a couple starts at AAA to work on some of those things.
I don't think his 5 ML starts have "ruined" him as a prospect or shattered his confidence, if anything I think it will help him down the road. He got to prove that he's able to pitch at the ML level by his stretches of dominance against ML hitters but that there are also some things he still needs to work on. He'll be at a level that he's never pitched at before that's also above the AA level he was at before.
So because of those 5 starts he got a positive learning experience that I believe would not have happened had he remained at AA and the Orioles went 2-3 in his starts. Hardly the end of the world.
I loved the way the Orioles have handled the entire situation so far.
An excerpt from Roch Kubatko's post on the matter:
"Showalter didn't make any promises to Gausman. He could be back quickly, he could stay in Norfolk all season - though the latter scenario seems highly unlikely. The Orioles want Gausman to go down there, at a level he's never pitched at, and earn another promotion. They also don't want the other starters to feel as though Gausman is ahead of them.
"If we had played nine innings, Gaus would have stayed," Showalter said. "I told him that last night, probably a little too up front about it. But I also told him there were no assurances. The good side of it is, he leaves with a good outing and it gives him a chance to take a deep breath and kind of think about some things.
"See what the needs are going to be here. I told him to go down there and present himself as an option for us. It's all in his hands. We have other people that we like, too, and that's good to know. That's a good feeling. He could go down there and pitch well and present himself as a good option and still not (return). That's kind of the way it works."
Pitching coach Rick Adair talked to Norfolk pitching coach Mike Griffin today about "some things we want to fine-tune a little bit and some areas of emphasis," Showalter said. "And Gaus knows."
This isn't just a paper move. Gausman will report to the Tides "and settle in there," Showalter said, "unless somehow a situation presents itself that he would be needed to come back before the 10 days or after 10 days.""