Thomas Andrew "Drew" Pomeranz (born November 22, 1988), nicknamed Big
Smooth, is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Boston
Red Sox of Major League
Baseball (MLB). He has previously played in
MLB for the Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics, and San Diego Padres.
1 Early years
2 Professional career
2.1 Cleveland Indians
2.2 Colorado Rockies
2.3 Oakland Athletics
2.4 San Diego Padres
2.5 Boston Red Sox
3 Personal life
5 External links
Pomeranz is from Collierville, Tennessee. Despite being selected in
12th round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers, he opted to
play college baseball for the University of Mississippi. He also
received scholarship offers from Tennessee, Memphis, and Mississippi
State and was recruited heavily by LSU and Alabama. Pomeranz
United States Collegiate National Team to a victory in the
Baseball Challenge, throwing a one-hitter in the
championship game against the German national baseball team. He
finished the tournament with a 4–1 record and a 1.75 earned run
average (ERA), while also leading the team with 48 strikeouts.
Pomeranz was initially drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2007 but
decided to go to college instead. He was then drafted by the
Cleveland Indians in the first round of the 2010 Major League Baseball
Draft. He signed with the Indians on August 16, 2010, right before the
deadline; his contract, which included a $2.65 million signing bonus,
was the largest bonus given to a college pitcher in the draft that
He was considered one of the top 50 prospects in baseball in 2011.
On July 31, 2011 Pomeranz, Alex White, Joe Gardner, and Matt McBride
were traded to the
Colorado Rockies for Ubaldo Jiménez. He made
his Major League debut when he started and pitched five scoreless
innings to pick up the win against the
Cincinnati Reds on September
11, 2011. He made 4 starts in September 2011, finishing 1–2
with a 5.40 ERA.
After employing a 75 pitch limit after the first month of the season,
Pomeranz averaged less than 5 innings per start. On May 7, 2012,
Pomeranz hit his first career home run. Pomeranz spent the 2012
season between AAA and the Rockies rotation, making 22 starts for them
despite recording a 2-9 record. For the 2013 season, Pomeranz began
the season in AAA and would only appear in 8 games, 4 starts for the
Drew Pomeranz with the
Oakland Athletics in 2015
On December 10, 2013, Pomeranz, along with minor league pitcher Chris
Jensen, was traded to the
Oakland Athletics for pitcher Brett
Anderson. Pomeranz began 2014 as a member of the A's bullpen,
where he made 9 appearances, going 1–1 with a 1.98 ERA in 13.2
innings, before being moved to the rotation on May 9 to replace the
struggling Dan Straily. Pomeranz didn't give up a run in the
rotation until his 4th start, on May 25, giving Oakland three 5-inning
starts of shutout ball before. He made 8 starts, going 4–3 with
a 3.21 ERA, striking out 37 in 42 innings, before fracturing his
non-throwing hand by punching a wooden chair after giving up 8 runs in
3.2 innings against the Rangers on June 16. Brad Mills took his
spot in the rotation as Pomeranz went on the disabled list. He was
recalled from the
Sacramento River Cats
Sacramento River Cats on August 27 for a start
against the Houston Astros. He was optioned to the Beloit Snappers
the next day. In his first season as an Oakland Athletic, Pomeranz
posted a career low 2.35 ERA in 20 games, 10 starts for the A's.
For the 2015 season, Pomeranz was shifted to the bullpen while also
starting 9 games for the A's. Despite raising his ERA a full run
higher from the previous season, Pomeranz finished appearing in a
career high 53 games, recording 3 saves and logging in 86 innings.
San Diego Padres
On December 2, 2015, the Athletics traded Pomeranz, José Torres, and
a player to be named later or cash considerations to the San Diego
Marc Rzepczynski and Yonder Alonso. Pomeranz
approached Padres' manager Andy Green about giving him an opportunity
to start. Pomeranz made the Padres' starting rotation, and was named
to appear in the
2016 MLB All-Star Game
2016 MLB All-Star Game after posting a 2.47 ERA and
leading the NL with a .184 batting average against in the first
Boston Red Sox
During the 2016 MLB All-Star break, the Padres traded Pomeranz to the
Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox for Anderson Espinoza. On September 16, 2016,
Padres general manager
A. J. Preller was suspended for 30 days for
keeping two sets of medical records for players - one internal and one
for league use. There were several instances, but the suspension was
handed out specifically with respect to the Pomeranz trade. He
pitched to a 4.59 ERA in 2016 with the Red Sox. In 2017, he went
17-6 with a 3.32 ERA.
Pomeranz married his longtime girlfriend, Carolyn Esserman, on
November 19, 2016. His older brother Stu also played in MLB. Drew and
Stu are the great-grandsons of former professional football and
baseball player Garland Buckeye.
Drew Pomeranz Opts For
Baseball Over Basketball,
Becomes Top-Five Pick WaitingForNextYear.com
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All-American". Scout.com. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
^ "USA wins World
Baseball Challenge". USA Baseball. July 26, 2009.
Retrieved January 11, 2016.
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Baseball Challenge Title".
University of Mississippi. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
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Baseball America. ESPN.com. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
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7, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
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Baseball America. Archived from the original on October 9, 2012.
Retrieved August 17, 2011.
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August 1, 2011. Archived from the original on November 7, 2012.
Retrieved August 17, 2011.
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Associated Press. September 11, 2011. Retrieved January 11,
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Colorado Rockies 4–1 over Cincinnati Reds". Cleveland Plain
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Drew Pomeranz to A's". Denver Post. Retrieved January
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for Pomeranz". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 11,
^ Slusser, Susan (May 9, 2014). "A's put Ryan Cook on DL, send Dan
Straily to Sacramento". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the
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scoreless streak ends". San Francisco Gate. Archived from the original
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Twitter. Retrieved June 17, 2014.
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Drew Pomeranz on DL with
fractured right hand". CBS Sports. Archived from the original on July
14, 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2014.
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Houston". MLB.com. Archived from the original on September 1, 2014.
Retrieved August 27, 2014.
^ Lin, Dennis (December 2, 2015). "Padres trade Alonso to A's for
Pomeranz". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
^ "Padres get
Drew Pomeranz in exchange for A's Yonder Alonso".
ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 2, 2015. Retrieved January 10,
^ Olney, Buster. "Padres' A.J. Preller suspended 30 days after
Drew Pomeranz trade". ESPN.com. September 16, 2016.
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Drew Pomeranz armed with rare poise". Denver Post. Retrieved January
Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN,
or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball
Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
Drew Pomeranz on
One-on-one with Ole Miss’
Drew Pomeranz Yahoo! Sports, March 24,
Baseball All-America Team consensus selections
P Danny Hultzen
P Drew Pomeranz
P Matt Purke
P Chris Sale
RP Chance Ruffin
C Yasmani Grandal
1B Hunter Morris
2B Zack MacPhee
3B Anthony Rendon
O Gary Brown
O Alex Dickerson
O Chris Duffy
Pitcher of the Year
2010 Major League
Baseball Draft First Round Selections
Cleveland Indians first-round draft picks
1982: M. Snyder
1984: C. Snyder
1987: No first round pick
1988: Lewis, Nagy, Mutis
1990: Costo, Hence
1995: D. Miller
1997: Drew, Fitzgerald
1999: No first round pick
2000: Smith, Thompson
2001: Denham, Horne, Martin, Conroy
2002: Guthrie, Whitney, Schilling
2003: Aubrey, B. Snyder, A. Miller
2005: Crowe, Drennen
2014: Zimmer, Sheffield
2017: No first round pick
Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox current roster
2 Xander Bogaerts
3 Sandy León
7 Christian Vázquez
11 Rafael Devers
12 Brock Holt
13 Hanley Ramírez
16 Andrew Benintendi
18 Mitch Moreland
19 Jackie Bradley Jr.
22 Rick Porcello
23 Blake Swihart
24 David Price
28 J. D. Martinez
32 Matt Barnes
36 Eduardo Núñez
37 Heath Hembree
39 Carson Smith
41 Chris Sale
46 Craig Kimbrel
50 Mookie Betts
56 Joe Kelly
61 Brian Johnson
64 Marcus Walden
66 Bobby Poyner
76 Héctor Velázquez
5 Tzu-Wei Lin
29 Roenis Elías
44 Brandon Workman
59 Sam Travis
63 Robby Scott
66 Williams Jerez
67 Chandler Shepherd
78 Jalen Beeks
79 Ty Buttrey
15 Dustin Pedroia
31 Drew Pomeranz
35 Steven Wright
40 Marco Hernández
47 Tyler Thornburg
57 Eduardo Rodríguez
62 Austin Maddox
Manager 20 Alex Cora
Bench 10 Ron Roenicke
First base 82 Tom Goodwin
Third base 52 Carlos Febles
Pitching 60 Dana LeVangie
Hitting 51 Tim Hyers
Asst. hitting 58 Andy Barkett
Bullpen 53 Craig Bjornson
Asst. pitching 86 Bri