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
$Signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Giants in January of 2019. Pomeranz can earn up to $5 million with incentives.
Heading to San Francisco
PSan Francisco Giants
January 23, 2019
Pomeranz agreed to a one-year deal with the Giants on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Pomeranz battled injuries for much of last campaign, throwing just 74 innings and posting an ugly 6.08 ERA. That number was well-deserved, as his strikeout rate fell 4.3 points to 19.2 percent, while his walk rate jumped 3.5 points to 12.8 percent. There's no guarantee the injury issues will dissipate over the offseason, but the lefty did manage four straight seasons with an ERA no higher than 3.66 from 2014 to 2017, so there's certainly upside in the move for San Francisco. A move to a very pitcher-friendly home park will also help boost his value.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .267 428 100 39 101 17 2 5
Since 2016vs Right .241 1359 326 139 290 62 2 48
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
2016vs Left .240 189 42 19 40 9 0 2
2016vs Right .209 514 144 46 97 20 0 20
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
ERA on Road
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Since 2016Home 4.06 1.35 197.1 15 11 0 9.3 3.5 1.3
Since 2016Away 3.62 1.37 220.0 15 13 0 9.0 4.2 1.0
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
2016Home 4.04 1.30 75.2 4 5 0 10.2 3.3 1.5
2016Away 2.75 1.09 95.0 7 7 0 9.5 3.5 0.9
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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.
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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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Added to World Series roster
PBoston Red Sox
October 23, 2018
Pomeranz was added to Boston's World Series roster Tuesday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
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Ineffective Wednesday
PBoston Red Sox
September 6, 2018
Pomeranz allowed five runs on three hits and two walks in one third of an inning in Wednesday's 9-8 win over the Braves.
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Not starting Wednesday
PBoston Red Sox
September 5, 2018
Hector Velazquez, and not Pomeranz, will start Wednesday against the Braves, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.
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Could start Wednesday
PBoston Red Sox
September 3, 2018
Manager Alex Cora mentioned Pomeranz as a possible starter for Wednesday's game against the Braves, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.
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Strong relief effort in loss
PBoston Red Sox
August 25, 2018
Pomeranz allowed two runs on one hit and two walks while striking out two over 4.1 innings in Friday's 10-3 loss to the Rays.
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