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Rebels in the pros: Drew Pomeranz

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After being drafted fifth overall by the Cleveland Indians in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft, Drew Pomeranz made only 18 starts for the organization before being shipped to the Colorado Rockies in a trade that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians. 

He then made only two starts in the minors for the Rockies before being called up to make his major league debut in 2011 against the Cincinnati Reds. He earned the win, scattering two hits in five shutout innings. 

After four starts in the majors this past year, Pomeranz struggled and was sent down to Triple-A. It was said that he was having issues with his mechanics and repeating his delivery consistently. 

The Rockies recalled Pomeranz early in July, and the 6-foot-5, 240-pound left-hander seems to have fixed his issues. In his two starts since being recalled, he’s given up only three hits and one unearned run in over 12 innings of work. 

Control is the main issue for Pomeranz, as he has a 27/20 strikeout-to-walk ratio on the year. That has to improve for him to have success, especially since he pitches half of his games at Coors Field. 

While at Ole Miss, Pomeranz was named an All-SEC Freshman, a Freshman All-American, multiple All-American teams and was the 2010 Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year.