Drew Pomeranz

#31 SP / Boston Red Sox / EXP: 6YRS Height: 6-6 Weight: 240 lb Age: 28 College: None Bats/Throws R/L

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    Drew Pomeranz had already thrown a major-league-high 102 innings with the Padres before the Red Sox acquired the left-hander at the trade deadline. He made 13 starts after the trade, posting a 4.68 ERA while giving up 14 homers and averaging just 5.2 innings per start. Pomeranz had a nice seven-start stretch mixed in with his short outings and a bout of forearm soreness that bumped him from the rotation in late September. There was likely an element of dead arm late in the season, as he was reaching uncharted territory in innings pitched. He was evaluated after the season and everything came back clean. Pomeranz will be ready for spring training, and considering what the Red Sox gave up to get him, he should be given every opportunity to prove he belongs in the rotation. There is plenty of upside on a per-inning basis, but he may not go deep into games, and last season was the only time he has topped 150 innings in a season as a pro.

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    • Pomeranz (elbow) is on track with his recovery and is expected to be ready for the start of the season, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports. Despite Pomeranz being behind most pitchers, having thrown his first bullpen session of spring Monday, manager John Farrell said he expects the southpaw to have enough time to be ready for opening day, barring any setbacks. He is slated to throw another bullpen session Thursday, and will look to lock down one of the final two rotation spots as he regains his health and starts to throw more in spring.

    • Pomeranz (elbow) threw his first bullpen session of spring training Monday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. Reports surfaced earlier in February that the left-hander hadn't thrown off a mound yet following an offseason stem cell injection, but it seems that Pomeranz is back on track with his throwing program. The duration of the session is unclear, as well as how much of a delay this situation caused, but things should become clearer as he continues to throw this spring.

    • Pomeranz (elbow) is focused on winning one of the two available spots in Boston's rotation, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. The left-hander is one of three pitchers, along with Steven Wright (shoulder) and Eduardo Rodriguez (knee), competing for a rotation spot. The conventional wisdom is that Pomeranz and Wright will open the season in the starting rotation, if healthy. Rodriguez, who still has minor-league options remaining, can be easily stashed at Triple-A Pawtucket to start the season. The question about Pomeranz pitching in relief stems from his previous bullpen experience and the possibility that Rodriguez is pitching too well to keep down at Triple-A. Should the Red Sox need to accommodate all three pitchers, having Pomeranz pitch in relief is one option, but manager John Farrell and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski prefer he be used as a starter.

    • Pomeranz (elbow) will throw off a mound Monday, the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports. This will mark the first time Pomeranz has thrown off a mound this offseason. He had a stem cell injection in his left elbow in October, which delayed his normal offseason throwing program. Pomeranz should have a spot in the Red Sox's rotation if he is fully healthy by Opening Day.

    • Pomeranz, who had a stem cell injection in his left elbow during the offseason, has yet to throw off a mound, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. The procedure delayed Pomeranz's normal offseason throwing program and the left-hander will be about a week behind other starters at the onset of spring training. As Red Sox manager John Farrell figures out the final two spots in the rotation -- Pomeranz, Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez are in the mix -- health will be the primary factor. If all three pitchers are throwing well, the decision of which two to keep will likely come down to roster flexibility. Rodriguez still has minor league options remaining while Pomeranz and Wright do not. It's possible Farrell could use Pomeranz in the bullpen, where he has vast experience, but he manager wants to keep the 28-year-old on a stater's track -- particularly after the organization gave up a top prospect (Anderson Espinoza) to land Pomeranz.

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    2016 BOS 31 30 170.7 11 12 0 186 65 137 3.32 1.18
    2015 OAK 53 9 86.0 5 6 3 82 31 71 3.66 1.18
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