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Cleveland Guardians starter Zach Plesac would be a good addition to the Colorado Rockies rotation
Zach Plesac was also drafted in the 2016 Amateur Draft by Cleveland but he was even further down the list as Cleveland drafted him in the 11th round out of Ball State University in Indiana. Plesac, 26, is the nephew of former MLB All-Star and current MLB Network analyst Dan Plesac.
Plesac made his debut in 2019 and, like Civale, pitched well. In 21 starts, he had a 3.81 ERA (124 ERA+). He had a good season in 2020, though, as in eight starts, he had a 2.28 ERA (196 ERA+) but in 2021, he pitched poorly, partially due to injury in one of the more odd injuries in recent memory.
He also got no support from his offense (literally, no support in three starts as they were no-hit in three of his starts, marking both the first time a team was no-hit in three games in a season and the first time the same starting pitcher was opposing a pitcher who threw a no-hitter three times in a season). Cleveland was actually no-hit four times if you include no-hitters in seven-inning doubleheaders but Plesac was not on the mound for that one.
He had an ERA of 4.67 (FIP of 4.73) in his 25 starts in 2021 with a 1.199 WHIP.
Plesac does give up his fair share of homers (1.4 HR/9 in his career) and has a groundball rate below league average but he has shown that he still could be a good starting pitcher.
Under the current CBA, he is arbitration-eligible for the first time next offseason.