In a little over a month’s time, Drew Pomeranz will report to Arizona on a mission.
A mission to showcase the talent and projectability that made him the fifth overall selection by Cleveland in the 2010 MLB Draft. To recover the poise and repertoire which catapulted him to the top of prospect lists, and rocketed him through the early stages of his professional career on route to an appearances at the Futures Game. To return to the form that made him the prized bounty of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, and future ace of the Colorado Rockies.
More than anything, it’ll be chance to right the wrongs suffered in Colorado. To finally bury the laundry list of physically maladies that sidetracked his career as if someone had created a voodoo doll in likeness, and had showed no mercy in their assail. To escape the thin air of Colorado, and avoid the career suicide of escalating ERA and flat breaking balls that doomed the likes Kevin Ritz, Greg Reynolds, and Denny Stark among others.
To start anew, in the resurrecting glow of the Arizona sun under the tutelage of pitching coach Curt Young and the Athletics staff. Last but not least, to accept whatever role organization deems fitting. Whether that be in a long relief role as the left-handed counterpart to Jesse Chavez, or biding his time in the Sacramento rotation and rebuilding his stock.
What happened in Colorado is over. The truncated three year stint which witnessed him yield a 5.20 ERA and 4.80 FIP is now history. A fresh opportunity awaits, and the cold, cement embrace of the Oakland Coliseum is on the horizon.
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