The 27-year-old right-hander has been awesome all spring, as we have been reporting in the Independent Baseball Insider.
Pomeranz, who is not easy to overlook anyway because of his 6-foot-7 frame, only signed with the Birds February 9 after an 18-save season (1-6, 3.67) for Colorado’s Double-A farm club in Tulsa when he had just over a strikeout per inning (53 K’s in 49 innings). Baltimore gave him frequent looks during spring training even though the 2003 St. Louis Cardinals draftee was not an official non-roster invitee. He started the year back in Double-A (Bowie, MD), but after 20 strikeouts against seven hits and a walk in 13.1 innings without giving up an earned run it was on to Triple-A Norfolk.
Pomeranz whiffed 12 hitters without allowing any hits in 5.2 innings (one walk) spread over three appearances for the International League team, the latest a two-inning stint against Indianapolis three days ago.
After a year off in 2008, Pomeranz put up so-so numbers for the New Jersey Jackals in the Can-Am League, winning five of 11 decisions to go along with a 6.50 ERA for 16 games, 14 of which were starts.
Presuming the promotion becomes fact, Pomeranz will become the first former Independent player to get his initial call to the major leagues in 2012. Nine players got a similar thrill last season.
ANOTHER CAN-AM GRAD PART OF MAJOR LEAGUE ONE-HITTER
Another ’09 Can-Am product, Steve Delabar, got to finish up on a combined one-hitter with Felix Hernandez Saturday. Delabar, who was at Brockton, MA in both ’08 and ’09 and pitched briefly in Independent Baseball for Florence, KY of the Frontier League, finished off the Minnesota Twins with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Delabar has limited American League hitters to a .185 average for his first 15 appearances of the season, striking out 18 in 15 innings and posting a 4.20 ERA.
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