By NEMS Daily Journal
Remember that scene in Bull Durham where Crash Davis introduces himself as “the player to be named later”?
Life is kinda like that for former Ole Miss pitcher Drew Pomeranz.
The lefthander is one of four minor leaguers the Cleveland Indians traded to the Colorado Rockies for pitching ace Ubaldo Jimenez, a deal that was finalized Sunday afternoon just ahead of the trade deadline.
But because Pomeranz didn’t sign his contract with the Indians until Aug. 16 last year, he can’t officially be traded until a year after that date. So he’s in limbo for a couple of weeks.
Pomeranz can’t pitch in a game for either team until then. So he’ll throw regularly in the bullpen until his anniversary date arrives.
The Indians paid dearly for Jimenez, who passed a physical on Sunday. Pomeranz was Cleveland’s No.1 draft pick in 2010 and pitcher Alex White was its top pick in 2009. The two other players in the deal are pitcher Joe Gardner and first baseman Matt McBride.
Pomeranz was 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA in three starts at Double-A Akron after going 3-2 with a 1.87 ERA at Single-A to start this season. In 96 total innings at both levels, he’s struck out 112.