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Rockies demote Drew Pomeranz to Triple-A

Mar 27, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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Drew Pomeranz was the prospect centerpiece of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade in mid-2011 and started 22 games for Colorado last season, but the Rockies demoted the left-hander to Triple-A.

Pomeranz had an ugly 2-9 record last season as a 23-year-old rookie, but his 4.93 ERA was right around average for someone calling Coors Field home and of the nine pitchers to start at least 10 games for the Rockies only Jhoulys Chacin (4.48) had a lower ERA. And Chacin is now the Opening Day starter.

Pomeranz was very good at Triple-A last season with a 2.51 ERA and 46/20 K/BB ratio in 47 innings, but senior vice president of major league operations Bill Geivett told John Schlegel of MLB.com that the former No. 5 overall pick is going back down to work on his off-speed stuff:

Where he’s at right now, he’s an attacking fastball guy but with limited use of his secondary pitches. We’ve got to get that back in order so he can handle a game plan and handle a lineup and do the type of things that I think are not that far away.

Given the state of the Rockies’ rotation right now Pomeranz could be back in a hurry.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Coors Field… where Pitching goes to Die.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      I think he’ll bounce off a few rocks on the way down.

    • tuberippin - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      The thing that really sticks out to me is that the Rockies have had only two starters in their history who have posted ERAs below 3.00 in a season: Ubaldo in 2010 (2.88 ERA), and Marvin Freeman in 1994 (2.80 ERA).

      Their all-time pitching wins category is a who’s who of who’s not (Aaron Cook, Jeff Francis, Jason Jennings, Pedro Astacio, Jamey Wright, etc.).

      • Francisco (FC) - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        Is there something in the Rocky Mountain air that’s positively sucks out the essence of pitchers like some evil spirit from a Disney movie?

      • kyzslew77 - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        I’ll thank you to not speak of Jeff “The Professor” Francis in that tone.

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