Monday, July 19, 2010

Gomez another sign toward promising future

Indians prospect Jeanmar Gomez impressed in a spot start yesterday, tossing seven innings during a 7-2 win that completed a four-game sweep of the Tigers.

He allowed two runs in the sixth, but neither were earned after a throwing error by Andy Marte, his seventh of the season.

Gomez allowed five hits and struck out four before surrendered the game to another promising rookie, Hector Ambriz.

I don't expect Gomez to ever become the ace of Cleveland's staff, but he should make a solid No. 2 or No. 3 option for the team someday. Showing excellent pitch placement, Gomez threw 60 of 93 pitches for strikes. For comparison, the last time Fausto Carmona pitched, he threw just 64 of 116 pitches for strikes.

His command is not that of a top-tier starter, but with proper pitch placement, he could be a similar player to Jamie Moyer.

After the game, he was optioned back to Triple-A Columbus in exchange for reliever Jess Todd.

Nonetheless, a strong start does make the Tribe's future look a little bit brighter.

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