Right-handed pitcher Triston McKenzie was drafted 42nd overall in the 2016 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians. He is just 20 years old and McKenzie is projected to reach the MLB in 2019.
The Cleveland Indians have a deep pitching rotation and is Triston McKenzie the next starting pitching phenom for them?
Well, he is now the top ranked prospect in the Indians farm system after trading away catcher Francisco Mejia to the San Diego Padres organization last week. McKenzie is the 21st best prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com.
Triston McKenzie’s upside is to be the number two or three starter for the Cleveland Indians in the near future. He is currently playing in Double-A right now with the Akron Rubber Ducks. McKenzie throws a fastball in the low to mid 90’s, but his curverball is what throws batters off.
His record is 4-2 with a 3.10 ERA. In 49.1 innings pitched, McKenzie has given up 35 hits and 21 runs. He has walked 14 batters and has struck out 46.
Some of the current starters in the Cleveland Indians’s rotation are Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Mike Clevinger, Carlos Carrasco, and Danny Salazar. It is a loaded starting rotation and McKenzie would have a tough time cracking it next season.
The Cleveland Indians will most likely take their time with him, so he can work on his craft. Once McKenzie gets to the big leagues, he will be a force. I can see him being the number three or four starter when McKenzie comes up.
Triston McKenzie could be the number one starter after Kluber becomes a free agent after the 2021 season and McKenzie would only be 24 years old entering his prime and that’s scary.