Drew Pomeranz was always the centerpiece of the four-prospect package heading from the Indians to the Rockies for Ubaldo Jimenez, but because the 2010 first-round pick wasn’t eligible to be traded on July 31 he was officially included as a “player to be named later.”
Today marks the one-year anniversary of Pomeranz signing with the Indians, which means he’s eligible to be traded and officially became Rockies property, naturally announcing the move via Twitter.
Pomeranz has spent the past two weeks in PTBNL limbo, remaining with the Indians while not actually pitching in any games because they were basically just holding him for the Rockies. Now he’ll report to Double-A Tulsa after the No. 5 pick in last year’s draft posted a 1.98 ERA and 112/38 K/BB ratio in 91 innings between high Single-A and Double-A before the trade.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: