The Baseball world today loves the power pitcher that throws in the upper-90s and has filthy stuff. Nobody ever appreciates the Greg Maddux-type anymore that is a pitcher who locates his pitches and gets players out. Over the past year now, Baseball has overlooked one of Baseball’s best stories in Indians SP Josh Tomlin. As Indians fans know, Tomlin has never fit the mold of what fans think an All-Star pitcher looks like, but Tomlin is proving in 2016 that he’s the kind of pitcher that breaks the mold. While his fastball sits more in the high 80s-lower 90s, his ability to locate his pitches and more importantly the ability to locate his secondary stuff has made him into one of the league’s more dependable arms.
In the 2nd Half of 2015, the Indians really didn’t have much to cheer about. The hitting outside of Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis was non-existent, Corey Kluber was solid but got no run support, and the bullpen was shaky. When Josh Tomlin returned, I think a lot of fans were rooting for him to return to at least a solid starter or at least a solid reliever out of the bullpen. Nobody was prepared for what happened next. Tomlin finally trusted all of his pitches and decided to just deal the ball. In 10 starts, Tomlin finished with a 7-2 record with 3.02 ERA, .83 WHIP, and the biggest shocker, a 7:1 K/BB ratio. Not only was Tomlin getting guys to ground out, he found out how to strikeout batters in the process by way of a new dominant curveball, the same one I saw back in 2013 at Akron. Through 2016, Tomlin has continued that success, leading the Indians in wins at an 8-1 record, a 3.54 ERA, and 1.09 WHIP.