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The fifth overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft is unlikely to make it to the Major Leagues in 2011.
Or is he?
Pomeranz is currently in High-A Kinston, but he is dominating every hitter at that level. Thanks to his plus-plus knuckle curve and his 95 miles per hour fastball, Pomeranz now holds a 1.85 ERA for the Kinston Indians.
A promotion to Double-A Akron is imminent, but Pomeranz strangely skipped his last three starts in May. He returned June 1st and looked great (5 IP, 3H, BB, 4K), but you don't skip three starts in the middle of the season without something being wrong.
The Indians said there was no injury, meaning it was probably just an innings limit, but if they are that serious about limiting his innings it could be unlikely we get to see him in Progressive Field in 2011.
I say there's a zero percent chance he makes a start in the big leagues this year, but if the Tribe continues to contend and makes it to October, it could be possible he pitches out of the bullpen (e.g. David Price) to help propel Cleveland.
It is unlikely, but if Pomeranz continues to pitch the way he has, he'll move quickly, and we could see the Indians use him the same way they used Alex White and see him by May or June of 2012.