Imagine if your arm fell asleep and never woke up. That maddening scenario became a reality last year for Kyle Landis who was diagnosed with a musculocutaneous nerve injury and missed the entire 2010 season. After a long rehab, Landis is back on the mound and having a career year going a combined 9-1 with a 2.34ERA in 57.2 innings for the High-A Kinston Indians and Double-A Akron Aeros. It’s a sharp difference from being unable to have the spacial presence to open a door knob when the rare injury first occurred. In the story Landis talks about dealing with the horrific injury, not knowing if he’d ever play baseball again, the difficulty of a year long rehab process, and the increase in success and velocity he’s experienced since returning from the injury. It’s a must read story.
K-Tribe’s Landis overcomes rare injury — JDNews.com
According to the Tulsa Drillers official twitter page @TulsaDrillers, top pitching prospect Drew Pomeranz will miss the remainder of the 2011 minor league season following emergency surgery to remove his appendix. It brings an end to an outstanding season for the 2010 first round pick of the Cleveland Indians out of Ole Miss who was the centerpiece of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade with the Rockies. In his Rockies organizational debut at Double-A Tulsa on Wednesday night, Pomeranz went 7 innings allowing two hits and striking out four in a Drillers win. Overall between the Drillers as well as the Indians High-A Kinston Indians, and Double-A Akron Aeros, the 6’5″ lefty posted a 4-3 record with a 1.84ERA, walking 38 and striking out 116 in 98 innings of work. Opposing hitters are batting just .197 against Pomeranz on the season. Tough way to end a spectacular first season as a pro, which had talk of an impending September call-up.
The Colorado Rockies have traded Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians for a package that includes Drew Pomeranz (who will be a player to be named later as he cannot be traded until August 15th, a year after he signed), Alex White, Joe Gardner, and Matt McBride. The 22 year old Pomeranz was the 5th overall pick out of Ole Miss in the 2010 draft and has been lights out since turning pro. This season he is a combined 3-3 with a 1.98ERA and has struck out 112 batters in 91 innings between the High-A Kinston Indians and the Double-A Akron Aeros. He was a participant in the 2011 Futures Game. The 6’5″ lefty has as high a ceiling as any pitcher in the minor leagues. White went 1-0 with a 3.60 in 3 starts with the Indians earlier this year before going on the DL with a finger injury. The 22 year old pitched a simulated game on Monday and was scheduled to start tonight for Akron before being scratched upon news of the pending trade. White went 10-10 with 2.45ERA in 25 starts between Kinston and Akron in 2010. He was the 15th overall pick of the 2009 draft out of North Carolina. Gardner is another product of the 2009 draft. The Indians took the 23 year old in the third round out of UC Santa Barbara. He is currently 7-8 with a 4.99ERA in 19 starts for Akron. Gardner was 12-6 with a 2.68ERA in 28 starts for Kinston in 2010. McBride is a 26 year old with a solid bat who has yet to play above the Triple-A level. He was second round pick by the Indians out of LeHigh University way back in 2006 and has been in the Indians organization since. After not hitting more than eight home runs in any of his previous minor league seasons, McBride broke out with a 44 Double, 18 Home Run, 99 RBI year between Kinston and Akron in 2009. He followed that up with a 31 Double, 21 Home Run, 79 RBI year between Akron and the Triple-A Columbus Clippers in 2010. This season McBride has once again split between Akron and Columbus and has posted a combined .279, 26 Double, 15 Home Run, 56 RBI year to this point.
The Chicago Cubs have traded Kosuke Fukudome to the Cleveland Indians for outfielder Abner Abreu and right handed pitcher Carlton Smith. The 21 year old Abreu is in his second season for the High-A Kinston Indians. He is currently batting .244 with 16 Doubles, 5 Triples, 12 Home Runs, 35 RBI’s, and has stolen 19 bases on the year. The biggest knock on Abreu at the plate is that he strikes out a ton. He’s K’d 102 times in 336 at-bats this year while drawing just 22 walks. Abreu hit .252 in his first season at High-A in 2010 after a career year in which he hit .305 for the Low-A Lake County Captains in 2009. Smith is a 25 year old relief pitcher who has put up average at-best numbers for the last two years at Triple-A Columbus. The 6-2 right hander is currently 2-3 with a 4.50ERA and 2 saves in 34 appearances out of the Clippers bullpen. He’s struck out 46 batters in 46 innings, and opposing hitters are batting .259 against him. Smith has been working his way through the Indians organization since 2004 when he was a 21st round pick out of Okaloosa Walton junior college in Florida. In 2010 in 48 innings for Columbus, Smith went 1-5 with a 6.38ERA and allowed a .325 batting average to opposing hitters.