Pomeranz is back
Well, I now know that perhaps I should take Drew Pomeranz at his word.
He told me yesterday that his strained pectoral muscle was just fine, that his drop in velocity was because of some rhythm/delivery sync issues and that he had figured some things out since his last start.
Turned out the Ole Miss lefty was telling the truth. Pomeranz righted his ship in his SEC Tournament start by throwing seven shutout innings. He gave up six hits and walked only one (a good sign since his command had been off during his recent struggles) while striking out seven. He did throw 111 pitches over seven innings, 78 for strikes.
As important, if not more so, was that his velocity returned to pre-“slump” status. He was touching 93 mph consistently throughout the start. In the past few weeks, he had reportedly been throwing just 86-90 mph. Today, he was sitting at 91 mph comfortably. According to scouts watching, his arm action looked a lot better, not as stiff.
It is just one start, and just like with this recent off-stretch, you don’t want tor read too much into a small sample size. But in this case, another rough start with command and velocity would’ve turned a small stretch into a full-on slump in some eyes and the guy who had cemented himself as the top college arm in the class may have slid a little further down.This strong start halts that immediately. Some would point to his track record and say that reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated, but even those who were worried might feel a bit better after his start today.
In my most recent mock draft, I had Pomeranz going No. 6 overall to the Diamondbacks.Not exactly a slide, but he was not long ago thought to be a lock to be in the top four. It will be interesting to see if he moves back into the mix for any of the teams picking in the top five.
Anthony Ranaudo taking his warmup pitches now for LSU. Back with more on him.