If you want to read a scouting report on Gausman, here are a few. He's a tall right-handed pitcher with a power fastball and a solid changeup, though he's going to have to improve his other offspeed pitches, whether he ends up sticking with his slider (most likely) or his curveball.
Obviously, as a top pick in the draft, you'd expect him to be talented and have promise. But he also seems to be a funny/interesting guy. Here's one of his quotes while he was talking about himself and being drafted by the O's:
"My quirkiness, well, I've always been a little weird, really," the 20-year-old right-hander said. "You know I like sci-fi movies. I eat four donuts in between every inning. So you know, that's a little weird. It is something I started back in middle school, so I've been doing that for a while now. The way I live my life, I like to be a little different than other people."Nothing wrong with any of that. OK, well, maybe the donut thing is a little out there. It's way too early to scold the O's for not taking Appel; many scouts still had Gausman rated as one of the top few pitchers. Hopefully in a few years they don't end up regretting taking the sci-fi-watching, donut-eating power righty from LSU.
On another note, didn't Sidney Ponson also consume donuts in between innings? Or maybe that was David Wells.