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Indians waive former top-10 pick Jeremy Sowers

Mar 31, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

Once upon a time Jeremy Sowers was considered a big part of the Indians’ long-term plans, as the former sixth overall pick in the 2004 draft breezed through the minors and went 7-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 14 starts as a 23-year-old rookie in 2006.
Unfortunately he’s been a mess ever since, posting ERAs of 6.42, 5.58, and 5.25 while splitting the past three seasons between Cleveland’s rotation and Triple-A, and Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Indians have placed him on waivers.
Despite being a top-10 pick Sowers never had a particularly high ceiling, but he was billed as an MLB-ready middle-of-the-rotation starter with “polish” and “command” coming out of Vanderbilt. Instead he’s turned out to be merely a soft-tossing southpaw with a high-80s fastball, amazingly hittable changeup, mediocre control, and non-existent strikeout rate.
In the three years since his promising debut Sowers has gone 11-26 with a 5.63 ERA and .291 opponents’ batting average in 312 innings, which along with underwhelming raw stuff is why the Indians were willing to cut a former top-10 pick loose before his 27th birthday. And why he may go unclaimed on waivers and remain in the organization after losing his spot on the 40-man roster.

  1. OsandRoyals - Mar 31, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Pittsburgh do you see this? You just found an extra long reliever or at worst a middle reliever, lefty specialist

  2. jwb - Mar 31, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    His ML lefty splits are ok, 255/316/429, but really what you’d want from a specialist.

  3. BC - Mar 31, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Even in 2006, he came up and went 5-0 or 6-0 and then got hammered his last 7 or 8 starts. He’s not a MLB pitcher.

  4. ditmars1929 - Mar 31, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    BC, if he’s not a MLB pitcher but is available, you can bet now that Omar Minaya will finally get off his ass and swoop in to pick him up as a #2 starter for the Mets.

  5. BC - Mar 31, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    He’ll be our #3. Omar called me earlier today. They need a righty to put between Santana and Sowers. Been a while since I could crack 80 on the gun, I better get moving. Either that or dust off the ol’ knuckleball.

  6. motherscratcher - Mar 31, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    He made it through waivers and is heading to AAA. Maybe hiw $420K salary scared teams off/

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