Pomeranz pitched a perfect game into the seventh inning of his first start with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers before the emergency appendectomy. He returned to the mound on Monday and pitched three perfect innings. The Rockies decided they would bring him up for the rest of the season. However, how much time on the mound he will receive is up in the air.
Since he will also take part in the Arizona Fall League, Pomeranz might be held to just a start or two with the Rockies. They will want to monitor his workload closely over the next month and a half to make sure he doesn't wind up exhausting himself.
Pomeranz should compete for a rotation spot during 2012 spring training.
Miller went 8-5 with a 5.25 ERA and 24 saves for the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox. He was named a Pacific Coast League All-Star. He struck out 73 batters in 72 innings.
Pacheco was one of the stars of spring training, but ultimately the Rockies kept Ian Stewart on the roster over him. He hit .278 with a .721 OPS. He's more than likely to play the field than be the backstop for the Rockies.
Rosario, 22, didn't put up a great line, just .248/.284/.457, but the slugging works well. He hit 21 home runs for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers. His 91 strikeouts might be a bit disconcerting.
Pomeranz threw three perfect innings and struck out three before he reached his pitch count limit. He was done after 46 pitches.
Though an appendectomy has sidelined Colorado Rockies left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz for the last two weeks, there is still a chance for him to pitch this season. Steve Foster of Inside The Rockies reports that Pomeranz has already started throwing bullpens in hope of pitching on Monday, Sept. 5, the last day of the season for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers.
If he can do that, it seems likely that the Rockies could promote him to the majors and have him throw a couple of starts during September. If he really is healthy enough to do this, the Rockies shouldn't need to wait until 2012 to see what he can do against Major League hitters.
Foster also indicated that Pomeranz could be a candidate to head to the Arizona Fall League as one of the four unnamed pitchers the Rockies will send there. The AFL is a glorified hitter-friendly league that once had Ken Harvey win the MVP award.
White is already scheduled to make his Rockies debut Tuesday against the Astros. Had Pomeranz stayed healthy and fired off another start like his debut (six perfect innings before allowing two singles in the seventh inning), a September call-up might have been possible.
But now we'll need to wait for him to recover and show up at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in February to compete for a spot in the 2012 rotation.
Top prospect Drew Pomeranz officially joined the Colorado Rockies organization earlier on Wednesday, August 17. He had a debut to remember for the AA Tulsa Drillers.
Pomeranz was the Player to be Named Later in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, and was the top prospect in the Cleveland Indians farm system and viewed as a fast riser through the minor leagues. In his Drillers debut, Pomeranz threw seven scoreless innings while striking out four hitters. He had six perfect innings before allowing two singles in the seventh inning on just 78 pitches.
With the dominant performance, Pomeranz continues to build his resume towards a September callup to the Rockies for his MLB debut.