Josh Tomlin throws a high-80s fastball that's easy to elevate, which makes him a flawed pitcher merely counting down the innings until his next implosion. But it never came during his 10-start stint after returning from a shoulder injury late last season, which puts him in position to claim a rotation spot this spring. The weird part is his home run rate was still crazy high during that 10-start stretch, but he allowed so few base runners that it didn't matter. And that's one thing you can count on him to deliver: a respectable WHIP thanks to his exceptional control. You can't count on another .199 BABIP, though, which means the ERA should be comparatively high and perhaps even cost him his job, whether in spring training or later. Despite the encouraging finish, Tomlin remains just an AL-only option.
Tomlin agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Indians on Tuesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Paul Hoynes reports. Tomlin recently agreed to a one-year, $2.25 million contract for 2016, avoiding arbitration. The extension will pay him $2.5 million in 2017, with a $3 million club option for 2018 that includes a $750,000 buyout. The 31-year-old righty missed the majority of last season while recovering from shoulder surgery, but he excelled to the tune of a 3.02 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 57:8 K:BB ratio in 65.2 innings (10 starts) over the final seven weeks of the campaign. Though still highly vulnerable to the long ball, Tomlin should have the inside track to the fourth or fifth spot in Cleveland's starting rotation.
Tomlin and the Indians agreed to terms on a one-year deal Friday, avoiding arbitration. Tomlin will make $2.25 million in 2016 after going 7-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 10 starts late in the season. Tomlin missed most of the year after undergoing shoulder surgery in March, but he'll enter spring training at full health.
Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin allowed two runs on five hits, walking two and striking out five over 6 1/3 innings of an 8-2 win against Boston on Friday night. Tomlin (7-2, 3.02 ERA) finishes up with another solid outing as his only real mistake was a fourth inning two-run home run off the bat of David Ortiz. Tomlin had shoulder surgery in April, and didn't return to the Indians' rotation until mid-August, but he performed reasonably well over the final third of the year, and should be poised to claim a spot in their rotation for 2016 if he stays healthy.
Indians starter Josh Tomlin struggled while failing to factor into the decision on Saturday against the Royals, surrendering five earned runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. Tomlin had his worst outing of the season after a two-start stretch where he surrendered only two earned runs over 14 2/3 innings for a sterling 1.27 ERA. A glaring statistic in Saturday's performance was Tomlin's inability to miss bats, with the veteran right-hander inducing only three swings-and-misses over 53 pitches. He also failed to record a single strikeout after totaling five or more in each of his other eight starts in 2015. Given his stretch of solid efforts prior to Saturday's debacle, it's likely that Tomlin can rebound with a strong effort in his next trip to the mound, the final one of an injury-shortened campaign.
The dispatching of Trevor Bauer to the bullpen has altered the weekend rotation for the Indians with the White Sox coming to town and beyond. Cody Anderson is set to start Friday with Carlos Carrasco and Josh Tomlin following him to the mound over the next two days. Danny Salazar will go Tuesday and Corey Kluber on Wednesday in Minnesota.