Drew Pomeranz
Drew Pomeranz
30-Year-Old PitcherSP
San Francisco Giants
2019 Fantasy Outlook
We knew Pomeranz's 2017 season was too good to be true, and he proved it in 2018. He began the season in the rotation, but was a horrendous 1-3 with a 6.81 ERA over eight starts before hitting the disabled list with a biceps strain. Pomeranz held his strikeout rate as a starter, but his command regressed which led to a deadly combination of walks and home runs (seven homers, 21 walks in 37 innings). He came back at the end of July, but moved to low-leverage swingman duty the rest of the way and continued to struggle with his command. His 2016 and 2017 seasons are recent memories that are tough to overlook, while last year can be mostly excused due to biceps and neck issues. He could be a good endgame flier if the command troubles were temporary. The strikeouts are there, and a return to some level of prominence is possible. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Giants in January of 2019.
Goes five in no-decision
PSan Francisco Giants
July 17, 2019
Pomeranz did not factor into the decision after throwing five innings of one-run ball Tuesday, giving up three hits and a walk while striking out four in an extra-inning win over the Rockies.
Pomeranz was actually in line for his third win of the season, but closer Will Smith had an uncharacteristic three-run blown save in the ninth. There were rumors that the southpaw and his 6.10 ERA could be moved out of the rotation this past weekend, but the team decided to give him another shot, and it paid off all things considered. Pomeranz is still at risk of being converted into a reliever with the recent promotion of Andrew Suarez combined with his inability to go past five innings in all but one start this season. If he does get another turn in the rotation, it would come Sunday at home against the Mets, but he wouldn't be more than a strikeout streamer for that matchup.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .281 332 85 27 83 12 2 6
Since 2017vs Right .271 1091 239 121 259 50 5 42
2019vs Left .262 93 27 7 22 4 0 3
2019vs Right .310 246 57 28 66 8 3 14
2018vs Left .281 72 11 5 18 4 0 0
2018vs Right .306 272 55 39 70 19 1 12
2017vs Left .293 167 47 15 43 4 2 3
2017vs Right .240 573 127 54 123 23 1 16
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
ERA at Home
ERA at Home
ERA at Home
ERA on Road
Since 2017Home 4.07 1.44 161.1 12 11 0 9.5 3.7 1.2
Since 2017Away 5.16 1.62 158.2 9 10 0 8.7 4.6 1.5
2019Home 4.08 1.61 39.2 1 5 0 11.8 4.3 1.4
2019Away 8.54 1.81 32.2 1 4 0 8.8 4.4 3.0
2018Home 5.79 1.68 32.2 1 3 0 6.9 4.7 1.4
2018Away 6.53 1.86 41.1 1 3 0 8.9 5.9 1.5
2017Home 3.44 1.28 89.0 10 3 0 9.5 3.1 1.0
2017Away 3.19 1.43 84.2 7 3 0 8.5 4.0 1.0
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Stat Review
How does Drew Pomeranz compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 70 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
91.9 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
89.8 mph
Spin Rate
2349 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Pomeranz's first full season in Boston was very similar to the 2016 season he split between the Padres and Red Sox, as he struck out a batter per inning and carried a sub-3.50 ERA over 170 innings for the second straight season. Surprisingly, with home runs up across the league, Pomeranz did a slightly better job keeping the ball in the yard, as he trimmed his home-run rate from 1.16 HR/9 in 2016 to 0.98 last season. His batted ball profile didn't change much, but Pomeranz's BABIP jumped from .268 to .310, as his fastball was more hittable. As a starting pitcher relying very heavily on two offerings, fastball command is particularly important for Pomeranz to be successful with his excellent curveball. Keep an eye on his velocity late in spring training, as he lost more than two miles per hour from his fastball in September. If he's back to his usual 91-93 mph range, there's reason to believe that he can finish as a top-30 starting pitcher again in 2018.
Pomeranz had already thrown a major-league-high 102 innings with the Padres before the Red Sox acquired the left-hander at the trade deadline. He made 13 starts after the trade, posting a 4.68 ERA while giving up 14 homers and averaging just 5.2 innings per start. Pomeranz had a nice seven-start stretch mixed in with his short outings and a bout of forearm soreness that bumped him from the rotation in late September. There was likely an element of dead arm late in the season, as he was reaching uncharted territory in innings pitched. He was evaluated after the season and everything came back clean. Pomeranz will be ready for spring training, and considering what the Red Sox gave up to get him, he should be given every opportunity to prove he belongs in the rotation. There is plenty of upside on a per-inning basis, but he may not go deep into games, and last season was the only time he has topped 150 innings in a season as a pro.
Pomeranz started the season in the rotation after winning a spot during the spring, but he headed to the disabled list after only eight starts. He only spent two weeks on the DL, but when he returned he was moved to the bullpen (he only started one more game the rest of the season) and even found his way in the closer mix earning two saves in August after the A's traded Tyler Clippard. For the second straight year, Pomeranz was better out of the bullpen and may have found himself a nice role going forward. The lefty had a 4.63 ERA in his 44.2 innings as a starter with a 7.3 K/9, but sparkled in his 41.1 relief innings with a 2.61 ERA and a 10.0 K/9. He was particularly nasty against lefties in 2015, allowing a paltry .438 OPS to lefties over 99 at-bats. The A's traded him to the Padres in the offseason and it's not clear if he'll stay in the bullpen or move to the rotation with the Padres, but he could provide fantasy value if he continues the success he's had as a reliever.
The A's acquired the former first-round pick from the Rockies for Brett Anderson in the offseason and he responded with a very solid season. Pomeranz started the year working out of the A's bullpen, but he was pressed into starting duty in May. He spent approximately six weeks in the rotation, allowing two runs or fewer in six of his eight starts, before breaking his right hand punching a chair after a poor outing against the Rangers. After the injury had healed, the A's had traded for a few starters and he spent the rest of the year starting in Sacramento, except for a couple of spot starts with the A's during the second half. Overall, Pomeranz put up a 2.58 ERA as a starter with a strong 8.6 K/9 rate. Pomeranz has a shot to win a job in the A's rotation to start the year, especially with Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin returning from Tommy John surgery and likely to be unavailable to begin the 2015 season.
The Rockies have given Pomeranz every opportunity to clamp down a permanent rotation spot in each of the past two seasons, but despite his top-notch pedigree, he’s failed to develop into a remotely capable big league starter. In fact, the 2013 season arguably represented a step back for Pomeranz, who was sub-replacement level in his eight appearances (four starts) with the Rockies, posting a 6.23 ERA and unsightly 7.9 BB/9 rate. Control issues have dogged the lefty as he’s advanced through the system, though he did negotiate the strike zone better in his four September appearances out of the bullpen. Seeking a more established veteran for the rotation, the Rockies traded Pomeranz to the A's in December for Brett Anderson, where it's expected that Pomeranz will attempt to secure the final spot in the Oakland rotation during spring training.
Pomeranz's rookie campaign was mostly forgettable, as the young lefty's inability to command his secondary pitches resulted in a 4.3 BB/9. When he did find the strike zone, Pomeranz was either not whiffing batters as often as anticipated (7.7 K/9) or getting taken yard (13.6% HR/FB rate). With the Rockies returning to a traditional five-man rotation with pitchers expected to be held between 90 and 100 pitches each outing, Pomeranz should at least get more innings and wins under his belt since high pitch counts usually chased him from games prematurely last season once the rotation moved to a roughly 75-pitch limit per start. Pomeranz's three-pitch repertoire arguably gives him the best pure stuff among the team's pitching staff, but he will need to demonstrate greater control to make good on his considerable potential, especially at a place like Coors Field.
Pomeranz was the centerpiece of the blockbuster deal that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians last season, and he managed to make four big league starts in September after opening the year at High-A Kinston. Considering that he finished his college career at Ole Miss as a polished left-hander with a low-to-mid-90s fastball, plus-curveball and change-up, the fast track shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Pomeranz projects as an eventual strikeout-per-inning starter, and at age 23 he could break spring training with a rotation spot for the Rockies. Even if the Rockies send him to Triple-A for additional seasoning, he'll likely be in the big leagues for good before the All-Star break.
The Indians selected Pomeranz fifth overall in the 2010 amateur draft, but he didn't sign until the August deadline and was unable to make a professional debut last season. He already has two very good offerings in a low-90s fastball and a knuckle-curve. His control is still a work in progress, but he has the ability to miss a lot of bats and develop into a potential No. 1 or No. 2 starter if he's able to polish up a third offering -- likely a changeup -- in his arsenal. Pomeranz may pitch as high as Double-A this season, and with reasonable progression could reach the Indians' rotation at some point in 2012.
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Starting Tuesday
PSan Francisco Giants
July 15, 2019
Pomeranz has been confirmed as the starting pitcher for Tuesday's game against the Rockies, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
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Role uncertain
PSan Francisco Giants
July 14, 2019
Pomeranz was available out of the bullpen in Sunday's 8-3 win over the Brewers, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Saddled with loss Friday
PSan Francisco Giants
July 5, 2019
Pomeranz (2-9) took the loss Friday, allowing four runs on six hits and four walks over four innings. He struck out three in a 9-4 loss to the Cardinals.
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Solid in no-decision
PSan Francisco Giants
June 30, 2019
Pomeranz tossed five scoreless innings while giving up five hits, two walks and striking out seven Saturday, but did not factor into the decision in a 4-3 loss to Arizona.
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Season-high 11 Ks
PSan Francisco Giants
June 24, 2019
Pomeranz (2-8) took the loss against the Rockies on Monday, giving up two earned runs on five hits over five innings, striking out 11 and walking two in the Giants' 2-0 defeat.
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