Many of you are probably asking yourselves “Who are Scott Lewis and Paul Rigdon?’ Both were starting pitchers who made great impressions during their major league debuts with the Indians. Rigdon, a right-hander who was later used as trade bait to pry Bob Wickman out of Milwaukee, threw seven shutout innings against the New York Yankees in his first Tribe appearance on May 21st, 2000. Scott Lewis, a lefty out of Ohio State, threw eight scoreless for the Tribe in his Major League Debut on September 10th, 2008 facing the Baltimore Orioles.
Both lasted just two years in the majors before flaming out. Neither of the two had the pedigree of Tribe prospect Danny Salazar, who has rapidly made his way through the system. Coming off of Tommy John surgery, we didn’t expect to see the 23-year old Dominican this fast. Then again nobody expected the Tribe’s fifth spot in the rotation to be this far in flux. With Trevor Bauer still working out the kinks of his revamped delivery, Salazar was the next man up. Since the surgery, he hadn’t thrown more than 89 pitches in a game and has been strictly a five inning guy in both Akron and Columbus this season. [Read more...]