ST. PETERSBURG -- Kevin Gausman threw a bullpen session at Tropicana Field on Tuesday afternoon, and the young righty -- the organization's first-round pick in this past June's First-Year Player Draft -- said he got goosebumps just being around the Orioles.
"It's awesome," Gausman said of being in the big league atmosphere. "It's cool to be here and meet the guys and be in the same room as them, see them joking around. I think this team is really fun to watch and really fun to be around."
Scheduled to throw a bullpen session already, the Orioles had Gausman come from nearby Sarasota, Fla., where he is playing in the organization's fall instructional league. Gausman, the club's No. 2 overall prospect, said he is slated to make two more starts, including one on Friday, and watching top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy -- the O's top pick in 2011 -- go through the system quickly has him hopeful he can do the same.
"That's one of my goals -- to be here next year and to be able to contribute as much as I possibly can," said Gausman, who was selected as a draft-eligible sophomore out of Louisiana State University. "That's one of my goals, but I'm going to go out there and just try to compete and let everything else, let the cards fall where they may."
Gausman pitched in five games in his first pro season, spending time at short-season Aberdeen and with high Class A Frederick. He allowed six earned runs on 11 hits and a walk, striking out 13 over 15 innings. Asked what were some of the differences between college ball and the Minors, Gausman said it was how opposing hitters approach the game.
"I think that's the biggest thing, just kind of learning the hitters and learning how smart they are," he said. "And which ones you can throw certain pitches to in the game."