Former Cleveland Indians prospect and current Colorado Rockies pitcher Drew Pomeranz’ season is almost certainly over after he underwent an emergency appendectomy Saturday.
Pomeranz, 22, will likely miss at least two weeks recovering from the surgery. Since the Double-A Tulsa Drillers’ season ends September 5, it seems unlikely that Pomeranz will pitch again this season unless the Rockies bring him straight to the majors as a September call-up.
Before the season, Baseball America ranked him the 61st-best prospect in baseball, and he moved up to No. 14 on their midseason list. In 19 starts this year at High-A and Double-A, Pomeranz posted a 1.84 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP, and a 10.7 K/9 rate.
He made his Drillers debut last Wednesday, earning the win while allowing only two hits and no runs. He took a perfect game into the seventh inning.
The Indians traded Pomeranz, along with Alex White, Joe Gardner, and Matt McBride to the Rockies last month for starter Ubaldo Jimenez, and many Tribe fans were upset about Pomeranz’ inclusion in the deal. Fortunately, the issue isn’t career-threatening, but it shuts him down for the season earlier than the Rockies were expecting and it reinforces the truism that even the best prospects are still human.
Here’s hoping Pomeranz has a quick and full recovery and that he goes on to have a great career—at least, when he’s not pitching against the Indians.