This is Part 4 in my series previewing the 2010 MLB draft from an Orioles perspective – The full series:
1. Series Introduction
2. Bryce Harper, C, CC of Southern Nevada
3. Jameson Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands HS (TX)
4. Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Ole Miss
5. Deck McGuire, RHP, Georgia Tech
6. Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast
7. Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, LSU
8. Q & A with Andy Seiler of MLB Bonus Baby
9. Examining the Orioles’ Options by Pat Hickey
10. Karsten Whitson, RHP, Chipley HS (FL)
11. Manny Machado, SS, Brito Private HS (FL)
Today I’ll take a look at Drew Pomeranz — currently the top college pitcher in this draft class.
Here are some scouting reports on Pomeranz from around the web:
John Sickels of Minor League Ball has a summary of Pomeranz:
“First, the good news. Pomeranz is a 6-5, 235 pound lefty with a terrific arm. His performance this year has been excellent, with a 1.38 ERA and a 90/24 K/BB in 59 innings, with just 34 hits allowed. His K/IP and H/IP marks are outstanding, and are statistical confirmation of the stuff that scouts see: a 90-94 MPH fastball with movement and an unusually good breaking ball. His command can wobble on occasion, but his stuff is so good that even patient college hitters have trouble against him. The bad news…um, well, there really isn’t any, other than the aforementioned occasional command issue. He could use a better changeup, but again that’s a relatively minor concern considering his overall package. I expect he’ll go either to the Pirates at Number Two or the Orioles at Number three.”
Pomeranz is generating a lot of buzz and has been moving up most draft boards. If the Pirates don’t take Pomeranz at #2, he’s the guy I want the Orioles to draft.
As a polished lefty, Pomeranz is expected to move through the minors fairly quickly. The Orioles are expected to be strong contenders in 2012 and Pomeranz could be ready to step in and help at the start of the season. Hopefully the Pirates take Taillon at #2 and leave Pomeranz there for us.
What do you think about Drew Pomeranz?