Josh Tomlin

#43 SP / Cleveland Indians / EXP: 7YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 190 lb Age: 32 College: Texas Tech Bats/Throws R/R

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    In 2015, Josh Tomlin posted a 3.02 ERA despite a 1.8 HR/9 over 66 innings. That was possibly due to the fact he stranded 90 percent of his baserunners and was very stingy with walks. His home run rate actually got worse in 2016 and his strand rate went down to 71 percent, so his ERA spiked to 4.40. All of this was despite the fact he had the highest groundball rate of his career. The high homer rate, low walk rate and the fact his strikeout rate has declined for three straight seasons makes one wonder if Tomlin is the long lost son of former pitcher Dave Bush. The Indians may entrust him with a rotation spot to begin 2017, but he's hardly a lock to keep the job all season if his extreme long-ball tendencies persist.

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    • Indians' Josh Tomlin: Starts spring on good note
      By RotoWire Staff

      Tomlin hummed through 3.2 scoreless innings Thursday, allowing three hits and no walks while striking out one, in his spring debut against the Angels. After setting a career high for innings pitched last season -- even before the Indians' deep postseason run -- it was a no-brainer for the Indians to bring bring Tomlin along slowly this spring. Even with a delayed opening act, he looked ready for regular-season action Thursday. He was so economical, facing just two more batters than the minimum, that manager Terry Francona allowed the right-hander to work into the fourth inning. "He always does that. He commands so well that when he's commanding like that he has quick innings," Francona said. Tomlin's 15 pitches per innings in 2016 finished tied for fifth best in MLB.

    • Tomlin will likely be limited in his pitch count during the early going of spring training, Jordan Bastian of reports. Given the injury plague that hit Cleveland last season, Tomlin was thrusted into extra duty during the postseason. The Tribe seems to be content giving the veteran some rest early on in Grapefruit League action, which should help him stay fresh as a rotation mainstay once the regular season rolls around.

    • Indians' Josh Tomlin: Start move up to Game 2
      By RotoWire Staff

      Tomlin will be moved up to start Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday,'s Jordan Bastian reports. This was necessary after Trevor Bauer suffered a non-baseball injury on his pinkie, which required several stitches. Bauer and Tomlin switched spots, with Bauer now slated to start Game 3 on Monday. Tomlin will be pitching on normal rest. He now lines up to start again in Game 6, if necessary.

    • Indians' Josh Tomlin: Scheduled to start ALCS Game 3
      By RotoWire Staff

      Tomlin is scheduled to start Game 3 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays, Paul Hoynes of reports. Just as he did in the Divisional Series, Tomlin will take the ball for the Indians' first road game of the series. Nothing is set in stone, but this move would likely set up the 31-year-old to face Toronto's Opening Day starter Marcus Stroman.

    • Indians' Josh Tomlin: Start pushed to Monday
      By RotoWire Staff

      Tomlin will start Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday after Sunday's game was postponed due to adverse weather conditions, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. Tomlin's start has simply been pushed back a day, following Sunday's game being rained out. Tomlin has been dialed in lately, as he's notched a 1.75 ERA and 0.78 WHIP over his last four starts. During that time (25.2 innings), his control has been elite as he's walked zero batters.

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    2016 CLE 30 29 174.0 13 9 0 118 20 187 4.39 1.18
    2015 CLE 10 10 65.7 7 2 0 57 8 47 3.03 0.84
    TOTAL 125 109 687.3 49 39 0 457 107 711 4.58 1.19