Rockies believe Triple-A time will boost Pomeranz

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- One day after the Rockies sent left-hander Drew Pomeranz down to Triple-A to get further seasoning, Rockies senior vice president of Major League operations Bill Geivett said it wasn't an easy call -- it never is, especially when you're talking about a talent like Pomeranz.

"You also know that it's the best thing for him and it's the best thing for our club, and you've got to make those decisions, no matter how badly you really want him on the club," Geivett said.

Pomeranz, 24, was thrust into the starting rotation and made 22 starts last year, compiling a 3-9 record and a 4.93 ERA. The No. 1 pick of the Indians in 2010 who was acquired from Cleveland as part of the Ubaldo Jimenez deal in 2011, Pomeranz needs to work on developing a full Major League repertoire, Geivett said.

"Where he's at right now, he's an attacking fastball guy but with limited use of his secondary pitches," Geivett said. "We've got to get that back in order so he can handle a game plan and handle a lineup and do the type of things that I think are not that far away."

John Schlegel is a national reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.