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Zach McAllister wins rotation spot with Indians

Mar 10, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

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Indians hurler Zach McAllister has impressed manager Terry Francona enough to win one of the rotation spots in the back of the rotation. Via’s Jordan Bastian:

Francona informed McAllister that he will be a member of Cleveland’s Opening Day rotation, most likely sliding into the fourth slot behind Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez and Brett Myers. Indians general manager Chris Antonetti has maintained all spring that McAllister had a leg up for one of two available jobs, but it is now official.

McAllister posted a 4.24 ERA in 125.1 innings last season, displaying an ability to miss bats at the Major League level while limiting walks. He relies mostly on a fastball and curve combination as the two combined for 85 percent of his pitches thrown last season, but will occasionally mix in a change-up.

“There’s nothing we don’t like. I’m being serious. He has a presence and he’s got leadership qualities,” Francona said, speaking about what he liked about his 25-year-old pitcher.

  1. rickeye9 - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Bauer the 5th starter?

  2. deedee2013 - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Im glad to hear about Zack think he has the potential to be very a very good MLB pitcher for years to come

  3. kiwicricket - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    That’s a poopy lookin’ rotation.

  4. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Mar 11, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    If it started today, the fifth spot would go to Kazmir. My guess is, as long as his arm doesn’t fall off, he ends up with the spot. All the live interviews I’ve seen of Francona, he seems fairly enamored with Kazmir so far.

    • takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Mar 11, 2013 at 7:15 AM

      oh, and I’d guess Daisuke ends up either cut or in the pen, and Bauer is the first call up from C-Bus, probably by the end of April when Ubaldo’s ERA is climbing towards 8.00 or so…

      • dcpowergator - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        LOL at your screen name!

        i think car squared (carlos carrasco) will be the first SP called up from columbus as they are going to bring him along slowly this year after the TJ surgery but he was really coming on and showing the signs of being a #2 / #3 caliber starter before he got hurt. dice K is a nonentity and will be quietly released near the end of spring training. kazmir is a very intriguing possibility and i think the tribe will ride that horse until it bucks.

        the 2014 OD rotation of masterson, carrasco, bauer, mcallister and ??? will be much better than the 2013 OD rotation of masterson, jimenez, meyers, mcallister and kazmir. it’s clearly going the right way though…

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