Aug 18, 2011 1:11 AM by Lee Douglas
DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Rockies have finalized their five-player trade that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians last month by acquiring lefty Drew Pomeranz.
It was the worst kept secret in baseball. Because a player can't be traded within a year of his signing, Pomeranz wasn't allowed to join the Rockies organization until Wednesday. Pomeranz has been assigned to Double-A Tulsa, where he made his first start Wednesday night against Midland. He threw seven scoreless innings and allowed only two hits. Tulsa won the game 6-0.
The 21-year-old lefty was selected out of the University of Mississippi by the Indians with the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft. He was 3-3 with a 1.98 ERA in 18 starts between the Indians' Single-A and Double-A teams this summer.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound pitcher has held opponents to a .202batting average struck out 112 and walked 38 in 91 innings.
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