Lauer garnered 2016 Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Year honors as a Kent State junior after a spectacular season in which he allowed just three earned runs in his final 12 starts and ultimately led all NCAA Division I hurlers with a 0.69 ERA, the lowest for a starter at that level since 1979. The Padres took him with the 25th overall pick in June, making Lauer the first Golden Flashes starter taken in the first round since Dustin Hermanson went third overall in 1994. After pitching at three levels and reaching full-season ball in his pro debut, Lauer was a Class A Advanced California League midseason All-Star in 2017 and continued to pitch well after a June promotion to Double-A.
Lauer exhibits advanced feel for a four-pitch mix that includes three offerings which grades as a average or better. The left-hander creates angle to plate with a low-90s fastball that reaches 94 and has natural cutting action, and he's adept at locating it throughout the zone. He complements his heater with an above-average changeup that he sells with fastball-like arm speed. Lauer also throws an average slider, registering in the low 80s, that nets him whiffs with its late slicing action, and a below-average curveball that serves as a change-of-pace offering.
Lauer has crossfire to his delivery, but his athleticism allows him to repeat those mechanics and throw quality strikes, all the while creating deception that makes him particular tough on left-handed hitters. While he doesn't have a true out pitch or a lofty ceiling, Lauer has a solid floor as a No. 4 or 5 starter in the big leagues
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San Diego Padres activated LHP Eric Lauer from the bereavement list.
San Diego Padres placed LHP Eric Lauer on the bereavement list.
San Diego Padres activated LHP Eric Lauer from the 10-day injured list.
San Diego Padres sent LHP Eric Lauer on a rehab assignment to El Paso Chihuahuas.
San Diego Padres sent LHP Eric Lauer on a rehab assignment to Lake Elsinore Storm.
San Diego Padres placed LHP Eric Lauer on the 10-day disabled list. Left forearm strain
San Diego Padres selected the contract of LHP Eric Lauer from El Paso Chihuahuas.
LHP Eric Lauer assigned to El Paso Chihuahuas from San Antonio Missions.
San Diego Padres invited non-roster LHP Eric Lauer to spring training.
San Antonio Missions activated LHP Eric Lauer from the temporarily inactive list.
San Antonio Missions placed LHP Eric Lauer on the temporarily inactive list.
LHP Eric Lauer assigned to San Antonio Missions from Lake Elsinore Storm.
LHP Eric Lauer assigned to Lake Elsinore Storm from Fort Wayne TinCaps.
Eric Lauer assigned to AZL Padres from Fort Wayne TinCaps.
LHP Eric Lauer assigned to Fort Wayne TinCaps from Tri-City Dust Devils.
LHP Eric Lauer assigned to Tri-City Dust Devils from AZL Padres.
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