While most of the talk in the Cleveland Indians organization this season has surrounded the rise of prospect Francisco Lindor and promotions and demotions of pitchers like T.J. House and Danny Salazar as the team tries to solidify a starting rotation, one player is quietly writing a comeback story that could end up being the biggest of any in the organization this season. That player is Columbus Clippers reliever Tyler Sturdevant.
After missing the entire 2013 season with right shoulder surgery, Sturdevant has returned to the mound and put up staggering numbers. In 39 games split between Akron and Columbus, the 6-foot, 185-pound right-hander is 2-2 with a 2.13 ERA and eight saves. Opponents are faring just .229 against Sturdevant, who has struck out 47 batters in 50.2 innings.
Just a year removed from right shoulder surgery, these stats have a lot of folks asking how Sturdevant is doing this.
“After my rehab, the Indians set me up with the fall league, so I got a few innings there,”...