Tag:Drew Pomeranz
Posted on: August 21, 2011 11:40 am
Edited on: August 21, 2011 11:41 am

Pomeranz has appendectomy, season likely over

By Matt Snyder

Rockies pitching prospect Drew Pomeranz underwent an emergency appendectomy Saturday night, and it will likely end his season (Denver Post). the 22-year-old left-hander was hospitalized overnight and is expected to need about three weeks to recover. With the minor-league season ending in the first week of September -- as Pomeranz is only in Double-A -- that would mean he has seen his last game action of the season.

Pomeranz was one of the big pieces the Rockies got back in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade. After dazzling in his Rockies' organizational debut, Pomeranz has a 1.71 ERA and 0.95 WHIP with 21 strikeouts in 21 Double-A innings. He was utterly dominant in High-A to begin the season (1.87 ERA, 95 K in 77 innings), too.

Fortunately for Pomeranz and the Rockies, an appendectomy doesn't have any long-term effects, so there's no reason to believe his development will be delayed one iota.

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Posted on: August 17, 2011 10:22 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 10:24 pm

Pomeranz dazzles in organization debut

By Matt Snyder

When the Rockies sent Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians July 30, they received a solid return of prospects, with left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz and right-handed pitcher Alex White being the two major names.

Pomeranz, 22, couldn't immediately be announced, as he wasn't eligible to be traded until this week due to only being a year out of the draft (he was the Indians' 2010 first-rounder). So he wasn't pitching in game action as he waited around for the formality to come to fruition.

Finally, the deal went through this week and Pomeranz took the mound Wednesday night for Double-A Tulsa in his Rockies organizational debut. He certainly didn't perform like a pitcher who hadn't thrown in game action in over two weeks.

Pomeranz threw seven shutout innings, allowing only two hits while striking out four. Even more impressive was his efficiency, as he needed just 78 pitches -- 55 of which were strikes -- to get through his seven innings (MiLB.com box score).

Pomeranz now has a 1.71 ERA and 0.95 WHIP with 21 strikeouts in 21 Double-A innings. He was utterly dominant in High-A to begin the season (1.87 ERA, 95 K in 77 innings), too. Granted, it's only his first professional season, but Pomeranz is certainly one to watch and might be figuring in the Rockies' rotation sooner rather than later. Perhaps even sometime in 2012? We'll see.

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Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:42 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 9:10 pm

Jimenez to be traded to Indians

By Matt Snyder

Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez's name has been front and center for much of the past two weeks in trade talk, and it appears he will finally be traded. CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler is reporting it will happen sometime before the deadline. Still, it's not 100 percent and Jimenez is even making his scheduled start at San Diego Saturday night. Of course, Esmil Rogers began warming up in the bullpen in the first inning, so it looks like the deal could be finalized during the game. UPDATE: After throwing one inning, Jimenez was greeted with hugs from the entire team and coaching staff in the dugout. Thus, it appears he's leaving and everyone was saying their good-byes.

Despite the rampant rumors for weeks, Jimenez has remained professional, according to his manager.

"He's been very, very professional about moving this thing off to the side," Rockies manager Jim Tracy told Scott Miller of CBSSports.com. "During the course of the last week or so, there have been so many things swirling, not only around him but around others, that you wonder where some of these things originate. ... I'm a big believer in that you stay focused and work on the things within your control. And none of us have control over this."

Jimenez, 27, is 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 116 strikeouts in 122 innings this season. He was stellar in 2010, however, and finished third in NL Cy Young voting. He's really cheap for the next three seasons with team-friendly options taking him through 2014. So this isn't necessarily the Indians mortgaging the future for 2011. Jimenez will be their ace for at least 3 1/2 seasons. But they did pay handsomely for him.

Knobler reports the Rockies will receive prospects Drew Pomeranz, Alex White and Matt McBride heading to Colorado.

Pomeranz, 22, is a big catch. He was the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft. He's got a 1.98 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 91 innings across Class A and Double-A this season -- his first as a pro. Many project him as a future ace.

White's no slouch himself and is actually more highly touted than Pomeranz. The 22-year-old right-hander was the Tribe's first-round pick in 2009. He has a 1.98 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in Triple-A and a 3.60 ERA in his three big-league appearances. He's struck out 13 in 15 innings for the Indians.

McBride, 26, figures to be a utility player with good pop. He's played left field, right field, first base and catcher this season. He's hitting .279/.339/.501 across both Double-A and Triple-A. He's got power that will play well in Coors Field, as he's slugged 15 homers in 93 games.

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Posted on: July 10, 2011 8:58 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 12:58 pm

3 Up, 3 Down: Futures Game

By Matt Snyder

PHOENIX -- Hey, we're here, might as well earn our keep. Here's a 3 Up, 3 Down for the Future's Game, which was played Sunday night in Chase Field between most of the game's best up-and-coming prospects. The U.S. team beat the World team 6-4 after taking control with a three-run eighth.

U.S. second basemen. How about some production from the middle of the infield? Jason Kipnis, who isn't far away from joining the Cleveland Indians, led off the first with a home run to right off Julio Teheran, which is no small feat. When Kipnis left the game, Grant Green (A's organization) took over and didn't miss a beat. Green clubbed a pair of doubles, scoring once and driving in one, winning the Larry Doby MVP Award for the game. Eight total bases in four at-bats from second basemen isn't too shabby.

Jarred Cosart (Phillies organization) and Brad Peacock (Nationals organization). In the small sample size of one inning -- no pitcher threw more than one all game -- these were the two most impressive pitchers. Both had efficient, 1-2-3 innings in which they made the opposing hitters look off-balance.

Jurickson Profar (Rangers organization). Of all the impressive things we saw Sunday in Chase Field, Profar's triple ranks among the best. He crushed a ball into the right-center gap and just glided into third base. The speedy shortstop was rounding second base before an outfielder touched the ball and, had there been a bobble or anything, Profar would have scored. This kid can fly. And he's only 18.

Bryce Harper (Nationals organization). Harper looked overmatched against Teheran in the first inning, striking out looking on a 95-mph heater on the black. Of course, it's possible that's the best pitcher Harper has ever seen as he was only recently promoted to Double-A. Teheran has made two starts in the bigs this year. Harper grounded out to first base in each of his next two at-bats and then struck out -- following two straight doubles from his U.S. teammates -- in the eighth. Defensively, Harper made a huge throw home on a double -- showcasing his rocket arm -- but it was ill-advised. He had no shot at cutting the lead runner down and the back-side runner advanced an extra base. Hitting the cut-off man would have been the right move. In fairness to Harper, he's still really young (18), even for this game, but it was not a great showing.

Kelvin Herrera (Royals organization). The 21-year-old reliever has dominated in both High-A and Double-A this season, but Sunday was a different story. The U.S. bats got hot against Herrera, and he had to be pulled before his inning was complete. Grant Green and Tim Beckham doubled back-to-back to tie the game at four. Harper's strikeout and a fly out to shallow center meant Herrera had a chance to get out of the inning with only limited damage, but then things got ugly again. Austin Romine singled and Nolan Arenado doubled to chase Herrera from the game. His final line: 2/3 inning, four hits, three earned runs, three doubles and the loss.

Drew Pomeranz (Indians organization). He's only in Class-A, so it's possible Pomeranz was just a bit overmatched, but the World team really knocked him around the yard. He gave up a single, two-run homer, walk and double. The homer, walk and double all came with two outs, too. Pomeranz ended up being charged with all four runs the World team scored.

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Posted on: June 8, 2010 4:22 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:24 am

Harper among Golden Spikes finalists

Last night's No. 1 pick, Bryce Harper, is up for another honor, although one much less lucritive: the Golden Spikes Award, givien to the nation's top collegiate player.

Harper is one of five finalists, and the only junior college player honored.

The other four players named as finalists by USA Baseball are Central Florida infielder/outfielder Chris Duffy, Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal, left-hander Drew Pomeranz of Ole Miss and Florida Gulf Coast lefty Chris Sale. Duffy is the only one not to be drafted in the first 13 picks.

Pomeranz went fifth overall to the Indians, Grandal 12th to Cincinnati and Sale 13th to White Sox.

Keeping with the siliness of the era, USA Baseball is opening up voting to fans at www.GoldenSpikesAward.com .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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