The Cleveland Guardians pitching factory is alive and well, with lefty Tim Herrin the latest product to have impressed at the major-league level.
Herrin, on the 26-man roster because of Sam Hentges' shoulder injury to start the year, made his major-league debut Sunday against the Mariners, facing four Seattle hitters and striking all of them out.
You might be thinking that's pretty darn impressive, but that kind of debut is really impressive when you consider Herrin is the first pitcher since at least 1901 to face four or more batters in a debut and strike them all out.
Herrin, 26, was a 29th-round draft pick by Cleveland in the 2018 draft, working his way up to Triple-A Columbus last season, where he had a 4.98 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 47 innings. Clearly, the strikeout potential is there thanks to a fastball that can touch the upper 90s, along with a devastating cutter and slider combo.
Essentially, Cleveland has another potential Hentges on its hands, and if Herrin can limit his walks - like any good reliever - he could be yet another gem in the Guardians' bullpen.