Bauer put on the best season of his career in 2020 for the Reds, starting 11 games and recording two full shutouts, though both have been variety in seven innings in doubles.
Bauer was 5-4 with a 1.73 NL average in 11 starts, helping the Reds reach the playoffs for the first time since 2013. The 29-year-old right-hander struck out 100 in 73 innings and had led the majors with two shutouts, a pair of performances in seven innings in doubles matches.
Brash Bauer is Cy Young’s first winner for Cincinnati, the majors’ oldest franchise. He became a free agent after the season and turned down the Reds’ qualifying offer, but left the door open for a comeback.
It’s the first Cy Young for Bauer, who finished sixth in the AL vote in 2018 after going 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA for the Indians. He was traded to Cincinnati as part of a three-team deal at last year’s deadline that transferred Yasiel Puig to Cleveland.
Bauer struggled after being acquired by the Reds, going 2-5 with a 6.39 ERA in 10 starts. But he returned to form when that season finally began in July.
He’s allowed just two runs and eight hits in 26 1/3 innings over his first four starts. He also ended the season on a high, registering a 1.29 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 35 innings over five starts in September.
Bauer pitched the playoff game opener in Atlanta and struck out 12 in 7 2/3 innings. But the Reds lost 1-0 in 13 innings and failed to score in the Braves’ sweep.
Bauer, who has his own YouTube account and nearly 400,000 Twitter followers, was selected by Arizona with the third pick in the 2011 Draft. He is 75-64 with a 3.90 ERA in 205 career games. , including 195 departures.
– With files from The Associated Press