Now 22 years old, Pomeranz has been in the Cardinals minor league system for four seasons. In 2004, he led the organization with 12 wins for low Class A Peoria. Next, Pomeranz split the 2005 season between Palm Beach and Springfield (Double-A).
The 6'7" starter returned to the Texas League in 2006, but struggled with injuries, including shoulder tendonitis and an oblique strain. He logged 98-1/3 innings, posting a 7-4 record with a 4.39 ERA. He struck out 64, but walked 30.
Now, healed and ready to go, Pomeranz was assigned to the Arizona Fall League and was honored by the Cardinals in being selected as their starting pitcher on the Peoria Saguaros.
In five AFL starts, Pomeranz had one bad outing where he allowed seven runs. Overall, his record is 1-1, 6.60. He is clearly rusty, with only two strikeouts and five walks in 15 innings. But, his most recent start was his best yet – a four-hit shutout over five innings.
In this exclusive interview, Stuart Pomeranz discusses his health, the 2006 season and looks forward to 2007.
Return back here for additional exclusive interviews with fellow prospects and AFL players Amaury Marti, Dennis Dove, Eric Haberer and Mike Parisi.
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