May 2, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz (13) pitches against the Texas Rangers during the game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers defeated the Athletics 8-7. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Drew Pomeranz has been a great asset for the A’s since coming from the Colorado Rockies in 2014. This former first round draft pick has showed his versatility by pitching in the rotation as well as from the bullpen. However, Pomeranz has been widely inconsistent. He has a lot of potential as a starting pitcher, but will not earn a permanent spot in the rotation with the Athletics if he continues to be unpredictable each time he takes the mound. Additionally, Oakland has a bevy for starting pitchers in the minors as well as long reliever turned starter Jesse Chavez who could easily take Pomeranz’s place as a long reliever or backup starter.
But, Pomeranz’s flexibility to be both a starter and a reliever may appeal to some teams who are struggling to find a good mix of pitchers for their starting rotation. Pomeranz has the potential to be extremely successful. He is only 26 years old and he still has the capacity to grow. If the Athletics can market Pomeranz correctly to other teams, they could probably move him.
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