SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies left-hander Drew Pomeranz is coming off a 2-9 record and 4.93 ERA in 22 Major League starts in 2012, plus a lengthy demotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Part of his strategy for reversing his struggles is to not spend much time dwelling on them.
Pomeranz, 24, was a top pick of the Indians in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft and was highly touted when he came to the Rockies as part of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade in '11. But Pomeranz suffered an appendicitis attack in '11 and wasn't himself when he was called to the Majors to finish the season. The inconsistent delivery continued last season.
This offseason, Pomeranz worked out at Athletes Performance Institute in Los Angeles and spent time throwing at a facility owned by longtime Major League lefty Glendon Rusch, who spent part of his career with the Rockies. Through it all, Pomeranz believes he found his motion, and will be the pitcher the Rockies thought they were getting.
"I'm trying not to force any issue, just trying to let it happen, then try to repeat it," Pomeranz said. "I just tried to do too much, tried to think too much. Whatever my natural motion is, that's what I need to have and be comfortable with.
"I don't feel I was myself for about a year and a half, honestly. I'm trying to get back to where I was two years ago, my first Spring Training. It was the best I ever felt."