You’ve heard the phrase backhanded compliment? How about a backhanded award?
The International League (of which the Columbus Clippers are a part of) handed out it’s weekly player honors on Monday, and Josh Tomlin was named the pitcher of the week. For a 29 year old with 54 career big league starts, getting any type of minor league award probably doesn’t feel like much of an honor.
Tomlin won’t have long to stew about it however. He is slated to make a start in Cleveland on Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins.
Tomlin is 2-1 in five starts for the Clippers this season with a 2.06 ERA. The start last week that earned Tomlin the award was a complete game shutout in which he allowed just three hits and struck out 10. Oh, and he did that in just 89 pitches. Matt Underwood would be impressed.