But much to the chagrin of Pacific Coast League hitters, and probably to the disappointment of fans wanting a reason to feel good as the Rockies continue to struggle, manager Jim Tracy said Pomeranz needs more time.
Pomeranz, 23, who was 0-2 with a 4.70 ERA before the Rockies sent him down, held New Orleans scoreless in 5 2/3 innings, with three hits, four strikeouts and a walk in Friday's 4-2 Sky Sox victory. He blanked Memphis for six innings in his previous start.
But Pomeranz, the key to last year's Ubaldo Jimenez trade with the Indians, is not being measured by stats in Pacific Coast League games. The Rockies wanted Pomeranz at a higher arm slot, with the belief it will improve the power on his fastball and help him command his curve so that he can throw it for strikes.
"It's more of my hand on top, not on the side of the ball," Pomeranz told Brian Gomez of the Colorado Springs Gazette.
Pomeranz's 91 pitches in 5 2/3 represented not quite the efficiency that the Rockies would like. Some of the pitchers were left in locations that would not have worked against Major League hitters -- others that hitters chased would be ignored in the Majors.
"I'm not surprised he's pitching good in Triple-A -- throwing scoreless innings and giving up just a couple of hits," Tracy said. "But we're trying to make him a little bit better than good. We just don't want him here at the big-league level trying to survive or just making a little contribution. We view this guy as someone that can be a dominant force at the front end of the rotation.
"You need to develop the consistent arm slot and the consistent feel for the pitch. So you know when you've got a first-ball hacker that sees a breaking ball and quits on it, you can just toss it in there for a strike. He's not doing that consistently enough. He has a couple of other things in relation to his delivery that he needs to get a little bit better. He's going to get people out. But rather than get some of them out, we want him to get all of them out."