The Cleveland Indians today have announced that RHP Zach McAllister and LHP TJ House have both won the two vacant rotation spots coming out of Spring Training. They beat out flamethrower Danny Salazar, Josh Tomlin, and Bruce Chen.
In 19 IP this spring, McAllister was 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA and 24 strikeouts. The announcement comes a day after McAllister had an impressive start for the Tribe against the Brewers, going 5 innings, giving up 6 hits, surrendering 2 ER while posting 9 K’s. Tribe skipper, Terry Francona, has been impressed with McAllister this spring stating that “he came in here and blew the doors off it”. The Indians will only need to use their 5th starter twice through April 21st so it’s likely he will also be in the bullpen until the five-man rotation kicks in full-time according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
TJ House was one of the players that was expected to win a rotation spot. House will be the only left-handed starter on the Indians staff. He was 2-1 in 17.2 innings posting a 5.60 ERA.
This rotation has great potential which could be one of the top rotations in the Major Leagues. With reigning AL Cy Young Corey Kluber leading the staff, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer could have a break through season in 2015 like Kluber did last season.
Carrasco was one of a few players that came to the Indians from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for former Cy Young winner Cliff Lee. Carrasco, after the All-Star break last year was one of the better pitchers in the MLB. He was 6-4 in 78.2 innings while posting an outstanding 1.72 ERA and striking out 86. Keep in mind that Bauer, the third overall pick out of UCLA in 2011, is improving every year and is still only 24 years old. He has great movement and has the necessary stuff to be a future Cy Young Award winner.