The great-grandson of literally one-time (June 19, 1918) Washington Senators pitcher (but better known for four seasons with Cleveland - his best season a 13-8, 3.65 mark in 1925) Garland Buckeye, Stuart Michael Pomeranz was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2003 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals following a 13-1 season as a Houston high school senior where he dominated to post a 0.52 ERA. He quickly led all Cardinals minor leaguers in victories following a 12-4 season for the 2004 Peoria Chiefs, but was sidelined for most of 2007 and 2008 with shoulder problems.
Pomeranz was in independent baseball by 2009 and struggled with alcoholism, but when he finally made his major league debut with the Baltimore Orioles in May 2012, he was fifteen months sober and “happy just to be here.”
Pomeranz first took the mound for the O’s on May 7th, coming in with no outs in the sixth after Brian Matusz coughed up a three-run home run to Brandon Snyder to end his day. Pomeranz would halt the Rangers’ scoring and make Snyder his first career strikeout the next inning. Stu’s three scoreless innings would be a bright spot on the day, as he was replaced in the 9th by Jason Berken, who allowed seven more runs to the Rangers in their eventual 14-3 victory.
Three days later, Pomeranz threw another scoreless inning in another losing effort to the Rangers.
In his final appearance of the season, May 25 against Kansas City, Stu pitched two innings, allowing a two-run home run to Jeff Francoeur - the only two runs the Royals got in an 8-2 victory to give Jason Hammel a 6-1 mark. Two days later, Stu suffered a back injury warming up that kept him out of action for the rest of the season. His final line was a 3.00 ERA over 6 innings across three games.
Pomeranz underwent lower back surgery in the 2012 offseason and did not pitch in 2013. His brother, Drew is a reliever for the Oakland A’s.
Pomeranz does not have a card as an Oriole, but appears in the 2012 Norfolk Tides set. The signed card above is from 2005 Bowman.
2012 ORIOLES PROGRESS: 38 OF 53
2012 PLAYOFF ROSTER: 29 OF 29 - ROSTER COMPLETE