RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: February 10, 1988
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2005 (Indians)
How Acquired: Trade from Indians (for Quincy Latimore)
Agent: Morgan Advisory Group
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
Gomez made Baseball America’s list of Cleveland’s top 30 prospects only once, after the 2009 season. This is despite the fact that Cleveland has had a relatively weak system most years recently. He throws a sinker that averages 90 mph and tops out around 93, along with a slider and change. He lacks an out pitch, as shown by low to extremely low K rates throughout his career. He’s had high groundball rates, averaging 49.2% in his three partial major league seasons, but in spite of that he’s had a moderately high gopher ball rate for most of his career, majors and minors. He got extended opportunities for the pitching-strapped Indians in 2010-12, with results that were mediocre at best. He’s had no platoon split in the majors and has been helped by Progressive Field, which played as a pitcher’s park from 2010-12. Opponents have posted a .762 OPS against him at home and .864 on the road. The Pirates picked him up for Quincy Latimore after Cleveland designated him for assignment.
R: 4-3-0, 2.48 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 54.1 IP, 2.0 BB/9, 5.6 K/9
Gomez made nine starts in rookie ball and also made the only two relief appearances of his minor league career through 2012. He pitched very well, but with a low K rate, which has been typical for him.
A: 11-7-0, 4.80 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 140.2 IP, 2.9 BB/9, 6.0 K/9
The Indians moved Gomez up to full season ball and he made 27 starts. He continued to put up a good walk rate and a low K rate, but got hit a lot harder, including 19 HRs. Considering that he was making the jump to low A at age 19, though, it wasn’t a bad showing.
A+: 5-9-0, 4.55 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 138.1 IP, 3.0 BB/9, 7.2 K/9
Gomez had largely the same season in high A as in 2007, although he did improve his K rate.
A+: 2-2-0, 2.62 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 24.0 IP, 1.9 BB/9, 5.6 K/9
AA: 10-4-0, 3.43 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 123.1 IP, 2.9 BB/9, 8.0 K/9
Gomez had his best season, which included a nine-inning perfect game and got him ranked #21 on the Indians’ prospect list. He moved up to AA after four strong starts in high A and pitched very well at the higher level, with a career-high K rate.
AAA: 8-8-0, 5.20 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 116.0 IP, 3.3 BB/9, 6.1 K/9
MLB: 4-5-0, 4.68 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 57.2 IP, 3.4 BB/9, 5.3 K/9
Gomez didn’t adjust nearly as well to AAA, as he got hit hard and allowed 16 HRs. His K rate dropped back to below average. The Indians called him up in mid-July and again at the beginning of August, and he made 11 starts in the majors. He got hit hard there, with opponents batting .307 against him.
A-: 0-0-0, 2.25 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 4.0 IP, 0.0 BB/9, 6.8 K/9
AAA: 10-7-0, 2.55 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 137.2 IP, 3.2 BB/9, 7.0 K/9
MLB: 5-3-0, 4.47 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 58.1 IP, 2.3 BB/9, 4.8 K/9
Gomez made 21 starts in AAA and ten, plus one relief appearance, in the majors. He was called up briefly to fill in several times, then for good at the end of August. His performance was much better in AAA, including a HR rate that was half what it was in 2010. In the majors, he fared about the same as the previous year, with a very low K rate.
AAA: 6-5-0, 4.41 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 69.1 IP, 2.2 BB/9, 7.0 K/9
MLB: 5-8-0, 5.96 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 90.2 IP, 3.4 BB/9, 4.7 K/9
Gomez opened the season in the Indians’ rotation, but after pitching well initially, he struggled to a 5.18 ERA through 13 starts and one relief appearance. He didn’t pitch as well as the previous year in AAA. Cleveland brought him back up in late August and he made four more starts and two relief appearances, allowing 18 earned runs in just 17.2 IP. He actually improved in some areas over his previous major league stints, but was hurt by 15 gopher balls. The Indians designated him for assignment after the season.
The best thing that can be said for the Pirates’ acquisition of Gomez is that it didn’t cost them anything, as Latimore is no longer a prospect. The primary positives Gomez has going for him are youth and consistently good health. He has very little upside; even after his strong 2009 season, BA characterized his ceiling as 5th starter or long reliever. He has no options, so he’ll only provide AAA depth if he clears waivers. The Pirates have numerous better options for their rotation and bullpen, so only an epidemic of injuries should make it possible for him to open the season in Pittsburgh. If he ends up in the Pirates’ rotation at any point, bad things will have happened.
2013: Major League Minimum
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2006
MLB Debut: 7/18/2010
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2018
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: 11/20/09
Options Remaining: 0 (USED: 2010, 2011, 2012)
MLB Service Time: 1.063
April 4, 2005: Signed by the Cleveland Indians as an international free agent.
November 20, 2009: Contract purchased by the Cleveland Indians.
January 2, 2013: Designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians.
January 9, 2013: Traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Quincy Latimore.