After two years since his last professional appearance, Cleveland Indians prospect Triston McKenzie will make his long-awaited major debut on Saturday when he gets the starting nod against the Detroit Tigers.
As first reported by Cleveland.com, McKenzie will get promoted from the alternate training site in Eastlake and for at least one start, be the fifth man in Cleveland’s rotation.
McKenzie was the 42nd overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft and was quickly rising through Cleveland’s farm system but forearm and shoulder injuries derailed the last two seasons for the right hander.
At 6’5, 165 lbs., McKenzie throws a fastball that has reached 96 mph, a curveball that tops out at 80 mph, a slider that can reach 87 mph, and a change up that can get to 84 mph.
In 2018, McKenzie reached Double-A with the Akron Rubberducks and was 7-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 18 starts.
The Indians have been able to weather the storm in the rotation since the Zach Plesac/Mike Clevinger incident in Chicago two weeks ago with Shane Bieber, Carlos Carrasco, Aaron Civale and Adam Plutko.
If McKenzie performs well on Saturday, that could lead to even more speculation that one or both of Clevinger and Plesac could no longer be in the Indians’ future plans.