Stuart Michael Pomeranz
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 7", Weight 220 lb.
- High School Houston High School
- Debut May 7, 2012
Stuart was the second-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2003 amateur draft, after Daric Barton. Pomeranz had been 13-1 with two saves and a 0.52 ERA as a high school senior, with 165 strikeouts, 28 hits and 15 walks in 94 innings. He was a first-team high school All-American as per Baseball America alongside Jeff Allison, Adam Miller, Justin Cassel, Wade LeBlanc and Jeff Manship and ahead of Chad Billingsley, John Danks and Ian Kennedy, all second-team selections. The 65th pick of the draft, Pomeranz was signed by scout Marty Denton for a $570,000 bonus.
Pomeranz was 1-1 with a 6.14 ERA that summer for the Johnson City Cardinals but his other numbers weren't bad. The big right-hander had a 12-4, 3.55 record for the 2004 Peoria Chiefs. He led all Cardinals minor leaguers in victories. In '05, Stuart split time between the Palm Beach Cardinals (2-5, 3.55) and Springfield Cardinals (5-6, 5.29). Back with Springfield in 2006, he turned in a 7-4, 4.39 record.
Pomeranz missed almost all of 2007 due to injury and did not play in 2008. He returned in 2009 in the independent leagues with the New Jersey Jackals, where he was 5-6 with a 6.50 ERA. He was signed by the Colorado Rockies for 2010 and sent to the Tulsa Drillers. He was 1-6 with a 3.67 ERA in 51 games for Tulsa. He tied Brandon Gomes and Adam Reifer for 4th in the Texas League in appearances on the mound. He then went to the Los Angeles Dodgers system in 2011 and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) in 1 1/3 IP for the Chattanooga Lookouts.
In 2012, Stuart moved to the Baltimore Orioles chain. He tossed 19 innings between the Bowie BaySox (13 1/3 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 20 K, 2 UER) and Norfolk Tides (5 2/3 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 12 K, 0 R). His dominant work earned him a ticket to the majors at age 27, replacing Tommy Hunter on the roster. In his big league debut on May 7th, he was the bright spot in a 14-3 loss to Texas, working 3 shutout innings between poor outings by Brian Matusz and Jason Berken. Just hours after his MLB debut, brother Drew hit his first MLB home run. He pitched another scoreless inning three days later, then was sent back down to Norfolk, but was kept on speed dial given how much he had impressed in his first stint. Indeed, he was back pitching for the O's on May 25th, giving up a two-run homer to Jeff Francoeur of the Kansas City Royals in two innings of relief in an 8-2 win. However, he felt something pop near his left oblique muscle during that outing, and was placed on the disabled list a couple of days later.