Pomeranz Puts On Instructional Clinic For Indians
CLEVELAND—Four appearances spanning 11 innings in the offseason in the middle of Arizona isn't a lot to hang your cap on.
For the Indians, it was a promising start in instructional league for Drew Pomeranz, the fifth-overall pick in 2010 out of Mississippi.
The big lefthander capped his unofficial Tribe debut with a memorable performance Oct. 6 in front of some of the Tribe brass, striking out seven of the 12 White Sox farmhands he faced over a three-inning stint.
"Drew impressed us out there," said Carter Hawkins, the Indians' new assistant director of player development. "He showed a really good fastball with life and deception and showed he's refining his curve and changeup."
The 6-foot-5, 231-pound Pomeranz was named the Southeastern Conference pitcher of the year after going 9-2, 2.24 ERA with 139 strikeouts in 16 starts as a junior.
"Instructional league provided us a good first look at him in an Indians uniform," Hawkins said. "We saw a power arm and quiet confidence we really liked. We were confident in what we were getting in Drew Pomeranz and that's exactly what we saw."
Scouting director Brad Grant has said Pomeranz will go to big league camp next spring and likely open at high Class A Kinston, the same path the Tribe took with righty Alex White, their 2009 first-rounder out of North Carolina who finished in Double-A Akron.
Other draft newcomers who caught the attention of the front office were speedy outfielder LeVon Washington, a second-round pick out of Chipola (Fla.) JC, and solid shortstop Tony Wolters, a third-rounder.
"LeVon had some really good at-bats where he put the barrel on the ball," Hawkins said.
Wolters, a polished infielder at Rancho Buena Vista (Calif.) High, "showed solid defense and had the makings of a nice bat," Hawkins said.
• Outfielder Trevor Crowe had arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies from his right elbow in California in mid-October. The Indians expect Crowe to be fully recovered in approximately six weeks.
• In his first eight Arizona Fall League games, second baseman Jason Kipnis was hitting .161 (5-for-31), but all of his hits—two homers, a triple and two doubles—went for extra bases.