When former Aeros pitcher Jensen Lewis made his major league debut with the Indians last week there was more than a few of his former teammates and coaches interested in the results.
"I was excited for him," Aeros manager Tim Bogar said. "It's hard not to be when it's Jensen, he just brings so much energy to the game. The way his wind up is and all that, it's fun to watch. Of course, I'm sure over time it might drive (Indians manager Eric Wedge) Wedgie crazy.''
The high-strung Lewis, who was a starter during his first two professional seasons after the Indians drafted him in the third round of the 2005 draft out of Vanderbilt, saw his career take off suddenly this season after being converted to a reliever.
The role change, accompanied with the addition of a slider, helped the 23-year-old right-hander go 2-0 with a 1.85 ERA in 24 appearances with the Aeros, then 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA at Triple-A Buffalo.
"I haven't talked to him directly, I'm kind of letting him soak it all in first,'' Bogar said. "I'm kind of like a proud papa right now, you just sit back and watch your kid pitch.''
In six appearances with the Tribe, Lewis has held his own. He's owns a 2.45 ERA in 7.1 innings, allowing two runs while striking out 11 and issuing just 4 walks.