Why we all should be watching Triston McKenzie pitch tonight for the Cleveland Indians
By: Brad Hamilton 8-22-2020
CLEVELAND - Triston McKenzie from Royal Palm Beach HS in Florida was the 42 nd pick in the 2015 MLB draft by Cleveland Indians. The former top pitching prospect in the organization throws right-handed and stands 6-ft 5, but only tips the scales at 165 lbs.
He peaked as the #24 prospect in all of baseball by MLB Pipeline in 2018 before non-arm related injuries took the last year and a half from him.Triston McKenzie's clock starts tonight!
He will be a free agent after the 2027 season. I can imagine he is going up/down now that his clock has started considering guys like D. Santana and Greg Allen are still on this team, but I doubt it. He jumped past the likes of Scott Moss, Logan Allen and Jefrey Rodriguez to get the start tonight.
Before you laugh at the Free Agent in 2027 thing just remember how the Indians treat the clock for there future core guys. Lindor, Zimmer and Mercado were all held down to get that extra year of control, so they don’t take this decision lightly.
Scouts have used “makeup” and “feel” to describe McKenzie for years and why not? He has the great command you have come to expect from Indians prospects like Civalie and Plesac but also carries a curveball like that of future closer James Karinchack.
You also must love a guy that scouts say are “coachable” and “intelligent”.
My concern with McKenzie all along has been velocity or lack thereof. I never thought his fastball/curveball combo would be enough to be a frontline starter long term in the MLP but if his changeup and slider have taken the jump that Carl Willis claims I’m all in.
To be clear. This is not a shot in the dark prospect! This is a rare talent that was the talk of baseball before non-arm injuries took the last year and a half and dropped him off the public radar.
THIS IS THE TOP INDIANS PITCHING PROSPECT SINCE CC!
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None of that means he is a sure thing of course. We have no idea about the behind the scenes conditioning, nutrition and work ethic. What it does mean is today is a day you don't miss!
Lindor and CC's debuts were big deals just like McKenzie and Nolan Jones debuts will be.
True aces are rare. Of course, today as Indians fans we are spoiled but enjoy the ride as this guy may be special and always remember that first time you saw STICKS pitch in a Cleveland Indians uniform.