Scott Lewis will not be affected by the climate changes in Cleveland. He developed a tolerance for that sort of thing while at Ohio State University. The 6′, 195 lb. lefty still lives in Columbus. Lewis is competing for a starting job with the 2009 Indians.
Last year Lewis earned praises for the numbers he put up. Lewis led the Carolina League with a 1.48 ERA, and whiffed 123 batters in 115.2 innings of work. Scott Lewis was drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 33rd round of the 2001 draft. Lewis was promoted to the big show in early September. In his four starts as an Indian, Lewis put up outstanding numbers, going 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA and 15 K’s. Lefty Lewis recieved praise for his outstanding curveball, voted the best in the minors by Baseball America.
Why he has not been named a starter yet is beyond me. In his last spring appearance against Milwaukee, he only allowed three hits and a run over four innings. Lewis should have been given a starters role after winning four consecutive starts to end last season. If they go with Laffey and send Lewis back to the minors, management will be making a huge mistake.