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Two members of my family and Manny Acta agree: Indians prospect Drew Pomeranz looks good

Mar 8, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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My uncle and cousin spent the past week in Arizona checking out a bunch of spring training games–they didn’t arrive until after Craig had gone home, just to be safe–and sent me a slew of text messages while watching Indians prospect Drew Pomeranz pitch Sunday.

My uncle, a high school baseball coach, and my cousin, a high school pitcher, both said Pomeranz was the most impressive young pitcher they saw, which isn’t surprising for the No. 5 overall pick in last June’s draft.

They raved about his “devastating” fastball-curveball combination–which Jordan Bastian of wrote a good article about today–and wondered if the 6-foot-5 left-hander might make it to the majors this season, which is probably a stretch considering he’s 22 years old and hasn’t even officially made his pro debut after signing too late to join a minor-league team last year.

Bastian writes that Pomeranz is likely to begin the season at Single-A and “could be fitted for an Indians uniform as early as 2012.” In addition to various members of my family, Indians manager Manny Acta has also been very impressed with Pomeranz early in camp, telling Bastian: “When you’re that talented you can make it look that easy. He’s got a very nice arm and he’s effortless. That ball just sneaks up on hitters.”

  1. 18thstreet - Mar 8, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    I’m looking at a photo that shows he has already been fitted for an Indians uniform.

  2. Lukehart80 - Mar 8, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    If he’s as good as so many people are saying, I just hope he manages to stay healthy, truly the toughest trick for a young pitcher to pull off…

  3. bigtrav425 - Mar 8, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    thats prolly the most encouraging news iv heard in a while as a Indians fan

  4. Davidw7 - Mar 9, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    With the future of the Royals and now a possible stud on the Indian’s book, the AL Central is going to be one competitive playhouse over these next few years. Should be plenty of fun!

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