Drew Pomeranz Earns Spot in San Diego Padres Rotation

While media speculation swirls around whether the San Diego Padres will ship James Shields or Andrew Cashner to the Boston Red Sox for third baseman Pablo Sandoval and prospects, the club announced that left-hander Drew Pomeranz will be part of the season-opening rotation, and that it signed veteran right-hander Jeremy Guthrie to a minor league contract.

San Diego Padres Rotation PomeranzThe 27-year-old Pomeranz was acquired from Oakland over the offseason for first baseman Yonder Alonso and left-handed reliever Mark Rzepczynski. Once a top prospect in the Colorado Rockies farm system, the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft out of the University of Mississippi ignited his career as an effective swingman for the A’s in 2014 and 2015. He posted a gaudy 8.36 ERA in six spring training appearances.

Pomeranz will join Tyson Ross, Shields, Cashner and either Colin Rea or Robbie Erlin in the rotation.

Guthrie offers depth in case one of the aforementioned starters is traded, or a young arm like Rea or Erlin struggles. Signed to a minor league deal over the offseason by the Texas Rangers, Guthrie battled back spasms and lost the final rotation spot to A.J. Griffin before he was recently released.

A veteran of 12 Major League campaigns, Guthrie was 8-8 with a 5.95 ERA in 30 appearances (including 24 starts) for the Kansas City Royals last year. He served up an American League-high 29 home runs and did not appear in a postseason game for the World Series champions.

About the Author

Jeff Louderback
A former sports writer for a daily newspaper in Ohio, Jeff Louderback is a professional freelance writer, author and editor who lives in the midst of Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton. He writes baseball features for several publications, including prospect profiles for Baseball America. He served as the founder, editor and columnist for Sox and Pinstripes, a blog that covered the Red Sox and Yankees; and BoSox Banter, a site that covered the Red Sox, the Red Sox farm system and baseball-themed travel. Jeff is also the co-author of the life story of former Major League pitcher Brian Tollberg, whose inspirational story saw him rise from the University of North Florida and the independent Frontier League’s Chillicothe Paints to a climb up the minors in the Brewers and Padres systems before tasting success in the majors with the Padres. The book will be released in 2016.

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