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1.5 Cleveland Indians - Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Ole Miss

The Indians have selected Drew Pomeranz. Here's his profile:

 

Drew Pomeranz   Position: LHP   School: Ole Miss   State: MS   Year: Jr.   Height: 6’5’’   Weight: 235

Birth Date: 11/22/88   Seiler Rating: 1B3   Last Drafted: 2007 (TEX-12)

 

Year

W

L

ERA

G

GS

SV

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

2008

4

3

4.16

17

11

0

71.1

76

41

33

10

30

81

2009

8

4

3.40

16

16

0

95.1

85

47

36

7

37

124

2010

8

2

2.21

15

15

0

93.2

64

25

23

7

46

134


Drew Pomeranz is an elite left-handed collegiate pitcher from the University of Mississippi. Pomeranz came to Ole Miss from Collierville High School in Collierville, Tennessee, a small town about 30 miles southeast of Memphis on the Tennessee-Mississippi border. A well-known prospect in high school, he was helped by the fact that his brother Stuart had been a second round pick out of high school four years earlier. Drew had a chance to go in the top five rounds in 2007, but his Ole Miss commitment and lack of refinement dropped him to the twelfth round, where the Rangers took him and made an attempt at signing him. As with eleventh rounder Anthony Renaudo, they were unsuccessful in that attempt. Pomeranz has gone on to make a big name for himself nationally, and he’s poised to possibly be the first college pitcher taken in the 2010 draft. After two solid years that put him on the first round scene, a huge spring has put him in consideration for the top five, and as a potential number two starter, that is well-deserved. His fastball is a plus pitch that sits 91-94, touching 95, and he releases it close enough to the plate that it really sneaks up on hitters. His command of it is only average, but he shows that he has a good idea of where to throw it depending on the situation. His secondary pitch is a plus-plus curveball that he throws with a knuckle-curve grip, and though his command of it is also just average, it can be a dominant pitch when on. His changeup has been used more this year than in the past, but it’s only a solid-average pitch without much deception. Mechanics have been a long-time concern with Pomeranz, and even though he’s long on the back side at times this year, he’s been much better and has looked more fluid and athletic. He should go in the top seven picks, and is signable in that range.