Juan Nicasio had been hanging onto his rotation spot by a thread, and his debacle in Boston this week has finally forced the Rockies to look at another option. In this case that other option is a high-profile name, at least in the world of Rockies fans.
The Denver Post reports that Drew Pomeranz, the big lefty the Rockies famously acquired in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, will make his 2013 debut on Sunday when the Colorado Rockies take on the San Francisco Giants.
In 15 starts for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, Pomeranz has posted an 8-1 record with a 4.20 ERA. He touts an impressive 10.09 K/9 rate while he has walked 3.47 per 9. Like Tyler Chatwood, who is now up with the Rockies, Pomeranz was sent to Triple-A to sure up his command. In that sense his results were mixed at times, but the moment has arrived when the Rockies must give Pomeranz his shot and assess whether or not he can provide an upgrade this season.
With the trade deadline a little over one month away, the Rockies insist that they would like to upgrade their starting rotation from within before exploring a trade. That leaves Pomeranz and the veteran Roy Oswalt with just that much time to persuade the front office that this team can contend as it is currently built. In the case of the 24-year-old Pomeranz, this is his chance to stick with the big league club for the remainder of the season instead of being sent back to Colorado Springs for further tuning and tweaking.