One year ago, Ubaldo Jimenez wore a Colorado Rockies uniform and Drew Pomeranz was dreaming of donning a Cleveland Indians uniform. Now, Jimenez is the one in an Indians' uniform and Pomeranz is hoped to be a front-line start for the Rockies sooner rather than later.
While Pomeranz' career is on the up-tick, Jimenez's has stalled or is falling. His spring has not inspired confidence in most everyone, and that includes ESPN's Jim Bowden. The former general manager believes Jimenez will struggle (Insider only) while Pomeranz will pick up more wins than the player he was traded for last July.
There are a number of variables that go into how a pitcher gets a win, but the general idea Bowden is getting to is that Pomeranz will pitch better.
Bowden also predicts that Rockies' third base prospect Nolan Arenado will be playing the hot corner in Colorado by June 1. This appears to be the plan right now. Unless Chris Nelson turns into an above-average third baseman (he'll be the primary third baseman with Jordan Pacheco working there as well), Arenado's name is written all over the bag at third base a couple of months into the season.