Coming into the 2009 season, Cleveland Indians minor leaguer Jeanmar Gomez had compiled a 20-19 career record in three seasons. His highest level reached was A+ Kinston, where in 2008 he went 5-9 with a 4.55 ERA in 27 starts.
After starting this season with a 2-2, 2.63 in four starts for Kinston, the 20-year-old Gomez earned his first in-season promotion, making the leap to Cleveland’s AA affiliate in Akron. In his brief time with the Aeros, he has been nearly unhittable, allowing nine hits in 29 innings. Throw in the 4-0 record, 0.31 ERA, and 26 strikeouts, and you’ve got a guy who undoubtedly looks forward to heading over to the ballpark every day.
Gomez, needless to say, was pretty darn good, striking out eight to win his fourth straight start. According to the game story, he tore through the lineup with the greatest of ease, with the only close call coming in the ninth inning. Leadoff hitter Kevin Smith lined a pitch to left field, but Matt McBride saved the gem with a diving catch.
Is Gomez a hot prospect for the Tribe or a flash in the pan who will eventually come back down to earth (ahem: the Z-Meter awaits)? Only time will tell. At least now, however, he has a memorable experience on his resume, regardless of whether or not he makes it to the majors.
Photo: Akron Aeros