Boston Red Sox pitchers: Who will trend up or down?
By Rick McNair
Pitching disasters come in two forms – one is right-handed and the other left-handed. Boston has one from the left-hand side in Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz is relatively new to the starting gig and the price Boston paid was their number one pitching prospect. So far I am not impressed.
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Pomeranz has been with five organizations and that – especially with the value of pitching – raises warning flags. In Boston, it was the tale of two cities as in Boston and everywhere else. At Fenway Park, no one confused Pomeranz with Lefty Grove or Bruce Hurst. On the road, he was rather accomplished and that should make Pomeranz of value elsewhere.
Pomeranz has been bandied about in trade rumors since the Red Sox have a sudden abundance of portsiders. With two established lefties in the rotation and another ahead of Pomeranz on the depth chart, he may be heading to his old stomping grounds – the bullpen.
I expect Pomeranz to be the potential trading card for Dave Dombrowski when other teams come in search of anyone capable of throwing a pitch – particularly from the left side. Boston may have lost prospect Anderson Espinoza in the trade, but Pomeranz could be flipped for someone who may be significant in the big picture.