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MiLB Empressed By Pomeranz’s Debut With Drillers

By: David Heck

Drew Pomeranz hadn’t pitched in almost a month, but he looked anything but rusty on Wednesday night.

MLB.com’s No. 31 prospect retired the first 19 batters he faced in a Drillers uniform en route to a seven-inning, two-hit performance. Double-A Tulsa went on to blank Midland, 6-0, to snap a six-game losing streak.

Pomeranz, who had not pitched since July 25, struck out four without issuing a walk in front of Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd.

“Things were just going great,” Pomeranz said. “It helps that I threw a good amount of strikes and was ahead of the hitters. It’s a lot easier to pitch that way — it helps to be in control of the game. If you’re behind, it’s a little tougher. The first six innings, I stayed in great counts. Apparently, where I threw the ball was the right spot tonight.”

The 22-year-old left-hander lost the perfect game with one out in the seventh, when Grant Green — the A’s No. 1 prospect– singled on a ground ball up the middle. The RockHounds’ only other hit came in the next at-bat as Stephen Parker lined a single to right field.

Drew Pomeranz made his Drillers debut Wednesday night against the Midland RockHounds. Pomeranz went seven innings allowing only two hits and striking out four. (Dave Crenshaw/Tulsa Drillers)

 

“That’s just part of baseball,” Pomeranz said. “I really wasn’t too [ticked] or anything. I was just like, ‘Oh well.’ I gave up another hit and was like, ‘Well let’s get the next guy.’ You give up a hit or two, you don’t want it to blow up on you when you’ve been pitching well the whole time.”

Pomeranz worked his way out of trouble by striking out Michael Spina and getting Adam Heether to line out. He left after throwing 78 pitches.

The fifth overall pick in the 2010 Draft, Pomeranz was included as the player to be named later in the trade that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland on July 30. Because players cannot be traded until one year after they are signed, the Ole Miss product could not officially be included in the deal until Tuesday.

“I really, truly did not think I was going to get traded,” Pomeranz said. “I was initially shocked. But teams do what they’ve got to do. They did what they did for a reason. That’s part of baseball, too; people get traded. Things happen like this. You’ve just got to learn how to stay focused. It’s baseball — it’s basically the same thing everywhere.”

Pomeranz spent his time off working out at the Indians’ spring training complex in Arizona.

“It has benefits and its downfall, too,” said Pomeranz, who posted a 1.98 ERA across two levels before the trade. “But what Minor League pitcher in his first year of pro ball wouldn’t want to have two weeks off to help yourself get in better shape, look at some video and work on things you want to work on worry-free? I think that helped me out.”

Pomeranz’s old brother, Stuart, served as the Drillers’ closer last season and recorded 18 saves. The 26-year-old right-hander, who signed with the Dodgers in the offseason, gave Pomeranz a scouting report of his new home.

“He told me it was a great organization, it was a nice stadium and it was hot as hell,” Pomeranz said. “He was pretty right about the last two things. Everything’s been great, talking to people here so far. The organization seems like a good organization. Everything he said has been true so far.”

Casey Weathers pitched the final two innings for Tulsa, striking out one and walking one. The two hits were the fewest allowed this season by the Drillers, who rank third in the Texas League with nine shutouts.

Leading Tulsa offensively was shortstop Hector Gomez, who went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three runs scored and fell a single shy of the cycle.

Addition To The Rockies Farm: Matt McBride

At this point in the season it is often the case that major league parent clubs often “raid the pantry” from their minor league teams, moving top prospects to make an impact at the major league level.

Well for once, the Colorado Rockies have supplied the Drillers with a few players that could easily have an impact on the team winning the second half of Texas League north division and make the playoffs.

With that said, it was no secret that over last weekend that the Rockies traded All-Star and former Driller, Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians for four top prospects.

Over the next few days, I’ll give you a little background information on the prospects, and where they figure in both the Drillers and Rockies plans throughout the rest of this year, and the foreseeable future.

IF/OF – Matt McBride

Originally from Bethlehem,Pennsylvania, McBride was a second round pick by the Cleveland Indians in the 2006 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft out of Lehigh University.

Matt McBride, stuck behind other prospects in the Indians system, hopes to provide an impact bat for not only the Colorado Rockies but the Tulsa Drillers as well.

Drafted as a catcher, McBride now spends most of his time at either first base, or a corner outfield position. Now 26 and still in Double-A, McBride is not considered as a potential replacement at first base for the Rockies.

Over his six-year minor league career, McBride as hit .283, with 69 home runs and 350 RBI’s over that span. In his first game with the Drillers McBride impressed immediately going 3 for 4, with three singles and an RBI.

McBride might not have the “star” prospect potential that the likes of Alex White and Drew Pomeranz have, however McBride does have the ability to be a solid major league player.

McBride does have an injury plagued past. He was placed on the 7-Day concussion Disabled List, and has had trouble of late getting healthy.

Here is a look at Matt McBride’s 2011 stat line for the Akron Aeros:

G        AB       R          H          2B      3B      HR       RBI       SB        AVG.    SLG.     OBP.

84      310      50        92        24      4        14        53        3          .297     .535     .359

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Addition To The Rockies Farm: Drew Pomeranz

At this point in the season it is often the case that major league parent clubs often “raid the pantry” from their minor league teams, moving top prospects to make an impact at the major league level.

Well for once, the Colorado Rockies have supplied the Drillers with a few players that could easily have an impact on the team winning the second half of Texas League north division and make the playoffs.

With that said, it was no secret that over last weekend that the Rockies traded All-Star and former Driller, Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians for four top prospects.

Over the next few days, I’ll give you a little background information on the prospects, and where they figure in both the Drillers and Rockies plans throughout the rest of this year, and the foreseeable future.

Selected by the Cleveland Indians in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Mississippi. As a junior in 2010, Pomeranz went 9-2 with a 2.24 ERA (100 2/3 IP, 71H, 27R/25ER, 49BB, 139K) in 16 starts.

LHP – Drew Pomeranz

His name might look familiar for many Drillers fans, as Drew’s older brother Stu Pomeranz pitched for the Drillers in 2010, but the comparisons can stop there. Selected by the Indians in the first round (5th Overall) in the 2010 First-Year MLB Player Draft, Pomeranz has shown immediately why he was thought so highly of while in college.

 

Drafted after his junior year in which Pomeranz went 9-2 with a 2.24 earned run average, he was named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year, placed on the All-American First Team, and was even a Golden Spikes Awards Finalist.

In his first year of professional Pomeranz has already reached Double-A in the Indians organization, while also being placed on the Futures Game Roster earlier in July.

The Rockies hope Pomeranz can become a solid member of their starting rotation as early as late 2012. He will more than likely make his debut in the Rockies system with Double-A Tulsa in late August, after officially being the player to be named later.

 

Here is a look at Drew Pomeranz’s 2011 stat line so far:

W         L          ERA      G          GS        IP         H          R          ER        BB        SO

3          2          1.98     18        18        91.0     66        26        20        38        112