January 1, 2008
Age: 23 Height: 6'1" Weight: 175 Bats: Right Throws: Right
Tomlin grew up in East Texas and went to Angelina Junior College before transferring to Texas Tech, and was drafted by the Indians in the 19th round of the 2006 Draft. A sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow in 2006 sidelined him for six weeks and ultimately hurt his status for the draft. While he was disappointed going into the draft and sliding to the 19th round, he signed with the Indians quickly and made an impressive professional debut that year in Mahoning Valley going 8-2 with a 2.09 ERA and held opposing batters to a .196 batting average, and had 69 strikeouts in 77.1 innings pitched. He finished first in the NY-Penn League that year in starts (15), second in wins (8), and third in ERA (2.09). He was named a NY-Penn League Mid-Season All Star. Last year, Tomlin went 11-4 with a 3.36 ERA, held opposing hitters to a .250 batting average and had 109 strikeouts in 131.1 innings pitched. He was also named a South Atlantic League Mid-Season All Star. Tomlin started last season in Lake County where he initially pitched out of the bullpen, but was moved into the starting rotation around mid-season. Tomlin has a three pitch mix where he throws a fastball that consistently clocks in at 85-89 MPH, sometimes touching 90 MPH, and he also throws a slider and changeup. Right now, Tomlin is still working on some improvements with his delivery and harnessing the control of his fastball. He needs to get out in front of the ball, finish his pitches, and stay balanced by using his legs more. It is not certain if Tomlin will remain in the starting rotation or move to the bullpen. Tomlin has great stats, but his questionable role, average tools, and so much depth in the system pushed him just off the Top 50 List. Tomlin will likely start the year in Kinston with a yet to be determined role in the bullpen or starting rotation.