Brewers Are Taking a Risk on Drew Pomeranz
Part of me feels bad for Brewers fans who were spending their afternoon on Twitter. Like any sports fan, I had an eye on it but not seriously on it like I was last year (The difference: I actually worked this year and last year was unemployed… fun times!) That said, if I read Robert Murray’s tweet that the Brewers were making a ‘significant’ move with the San Francisco Giants plus Mauricio Dubon is in the ix. Then it ended up being Drew Pomeranz and Ray Black, that would be depressing, to say the least. Pomeranz has been a trainwreck since his incredible 2017 season with the Boston Red Sox. Brewers are pressing their luck on a few things with this deal.
Dubon was considered the best hitting prospect for the Brewers. People thought that Dubon could have been moved for one of the bigger pitchers available at the trade deadline. That did not prove to be true leaving many Milwaukee fans in a huff about the deal made for Pomeranz and Black. All of us including myself need a dose of reality when it comes to Dubon. We are putting him on this pedestal that he could replace Orlando Arica, and in reality, Dubon is likely more like Hernan Perez with better contact and more patience. He is not someone to hold back in trades. Still, these are not reliable relievers, so, it is a somewhat puzzling move.
Pomeranz started to work out of the bullpen in the last couple of weeks. The results have been pretty good for him. He looks strong in low-leverage situations and just dealing his stuff. Pomeranz is adding more cheese to his fastball, and it paid off for the few times he came out of the bullpen. That said, there is still a great deal of unknown when it comes to him as a bullpen arm. Pomeranz only did it five times. That’s asking a lot out of him. Brewers are betting on his talent, and that’s not a guarantee.
Black is an interesting option too. He is a pitcher with six years of control. Black is a 29-year-old who finally got to the big leagues last season for the first time in his career. Part of that issue had to do with injuries. He had an elbow injury that cost him most of the 2017 season. Black has a little bit of Wild Thing in him with a 100 mph fastball plus a devastating slider. If he can figure out control, Black could be really special. He’ll start in AAA, but my guess is that time will not be there long
We’ll see if this pays off David Stearns.