Here’s One Guy Who Couldn’t Be Happier To Live In Cleveland

Scott Kazmir would like to notify you that he can still pitch. posted on

There was a time not too long ago when Scott Kazmir was arguably the best pitching prospect in baseball.

Eliot J. Schechter / Getty Images

His high school career was legendary. Kazmir used his high-90s fastball and devastating slider to embarrass the competition, setting the national record for strikeouts in a season in the process. Kazmir had a stretch of four straight no-hitters during his senior campaign.

Otto Greule Jr / Getty Images

After being drafted by the New York Mets in the first round he quickly became the jewel of the team’s farm system, but was traded to the Rays in what was considered at the time one of the most lopsided trades in MLB history.

Jim Rogash / Getty Images

Once he got on the mound for Rays he continued striking out players in bunches. He led the American League in K’s during the 2007 season and was an all-star in 2006 and 2008.

Jim Rogash / Getty Images

Then injuries started to pile up.

Elsa / Getty Images

First it was his elbow, then his leg, then his hamstring, then his shoulder.

Elsa / Getty Images

He lost the velocity on his fastball and his command vanished.

Chris McGrath / Getty Images

After being traded to the Angels it went from bad to “what in god’s name happened”-level terrible.

Jacob de Golish / Getty Images

After being demoted by the Angels, Kazmir posted a 17.02 ERA for the Salt Lake Bees.

Stephen Dunn / Getty Images

However, after toiling for two years in Puerto Rican, Dominican and independent Atlantic League, Kazmir is back in the majors with the Cleveland Indians.

Jamie Squire / Getty Images

So far this season Kazmir is 2-1 with a modest 4.87 ERA, but generally seems to figuring out this pitching thing again.

Jason Miller / Getty Images

His velocity has returned to the mid-90s and his knack for strikeouts seems to have come along with it.

Bob Levey / Getty Images

In his most recent start against the Oakland Athletics, Kazmir fanned 10 while only surrendering 1 run on 5 hits.

Jason Miller / Getty Images

While it’s WAY too early to say Scott Kazmir is back…

It certainly seems like he’s getting there.

Check out the highlights of his 10-strikeout performance:

buzzfeed.com

Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com!

Facebook Conversations
          
     
    Now Buzzing