Heralded by some as a top-15 prospect in the Indians organization, Shawn Morimando continued progressing through the club's farm system and worked his way up to Triple-A Columbus, where he made 11 starts. He even appeared in the majors, albeit for a very brief stay that consisted of just 4.2 innings (and six runs). However, he showed potential during his stay with Columbus. During his first-ever stint at the Triple-A level, Morimando hurled a 3.51 ERA and averaged more than five innings per start. Although his ERA remained respectable, a 1.44 WHIP painted a picture that resembled that of a liability on the mound. This hefty mark was largely induced by a .281 batting average and unappealing 8.3 percent walk rate. Due to his still-developing accuracy and a Cleveland rotation that ranks among the league's best, Morimando is likely to head to Columbus at the start of the year, but could work his way up to the majors in case of a spot-start or in a relief role.
Morimando was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Monday. Morimando entered camp with a legitimate shot to make the Tribe bullpen, but he'll head back to the minors after struggling over four Cactus Leagues appearances. The left-hander allowed six runs on 12 hits and two walks while striking out 11 over 8.2 innings this spring. Morimando has started 132 games in the minors since 2012, and he'll continue providing the Tribe with rotation depth from Columbus.
Morimando allowed a run on three hits and one walk while striking out two Cubs in Sunday's exhibition matchup. Even though he allowed a run, Morimando looked solid in his first appearance of the spring. The righty has been a starter throughout his professional career, but will need to adjust his mindset in order to make the Tribe's Opening Day roster. Morimando is a realistic bullpen option that can serve in a long-relief role and possibly make a spot start when needed.
Morimando is in line for innings out of the bullpen in 2017, Keith Law of ESPN reports. Morimando made his MLB debut last season when he appeared in two games for the Indians. The southpaw was drafted in 2011 by the Tribe and has compiled a 50-45 record with a 3.25 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over 132 minor league starts. Moving to the bullpen would be a big adjustment, but the team has a surfeit of starters at the moment. With Andrew Miller being used as a late-inning arm, the Indians could use another lefty to complement Ryan Merritt in a mid-relief role.
Morimando was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Saturday. After being called up to the club Friday, Morimando will head back down to Columbus after getting rocked around by the Yankees on Friday night. He allowed four earned runs off three hits and four walks while only striking out one during one inning of work. In a corresponding move, the club recalled T.J. House from Columbus.
Morimando was recalled by the Indians from Triple-A Columbus on Friday. Morimando is having a good season in five starts for Triple-A Columbus, posting a 2.30 ERA in 31.1 innings. He will rejoin the Indians where he pitched one game in relief earlier in July. Morimando will join the Indians bullpen, most likely serving as a swingman and can also make a spot start if needed.