Indians Development and Playoff Run

One of the interesting aspects to Cleveland’s run for the wild card is that they have simultaneously contended and developed young pitching, testament to Terry Francona and pitching coach Mickey Callaway.

Part of it is the result of trading for and developing one of the best young catchers in the league in Yan Gomes, who one advanced scout says “is the best-throwing catcher in the American League.”  Gomes has been a factor in the emergence of Danny Salazar and his 45-11 strikeout-walk ratio in 7 starts and 37 innings with his 97 MPH fastball, and Corey Kluber. Obviously the Indians are probably going to need ace Justin Masterson back, but a great story has been the continued redevelopment of Ubaldo Jimenez. Callaway spent a lot of time working with Jimenez in the Dominican last winter and in Arizona during spring training, and as a result Jimenez has smoothed out his delivery, and going into Monday, in 17 starts since the first of June has a 2.82 earned run average and 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings.