Spent most of the season in Columbus, posting a mark of 11-8 with a 3.70 ERA in 24 starts (2CG, 143.1IP, 156H, 59ER, 23BB, 92SO)...He finished tied for first among International League pitcher in wins (11), tied for 8th in starts (24), 9th in innings pitched (143.1IP) and 11th in ERA...Finished T5th among organizational pitchers in wins and 6th in innings... Over his 10 second half starts he went 6-1 with a 2.72 ERA (59.2IP, 63H, 18ER, 9BB, 39SO)...Also finished tied for 2nd in complete games and tossed a CG/shutout on May 9 vs. Louisville (9.0IP, 4H, 1BB, 6SO, 97P)...Went at least 5.0IP in 21 of 24 starts for Columbus...Averaged 1.4 walks per 9.0 IP with the Clippers...Left-handed Triple-A hitters batted .250 (41-164) off him (.692 OPS) and right-handed batters hit .291 (115-395, .741 OPS)...His September 11 recall after Columbus's season ended was his third stint with Cleveland in 2016 (May 23-30; August 4)...Made his Major League debut on May 30 vs. Texas (0R, 4.1IP) in relief of Josh Tomlin...In September posted a 3.18 ERA in 2 games/1 start (5.2IP, 5H, 2R/ER)...Picked up first Major League win in first MLB start on Sept. 30 at KC (5.0IP, 3H, 1R/ER, 0BB, career-high 4K)...Did not walk a better or allow a home runs in his 11.0 Major League innings, limiting Major League batters to a .167 (6-36) average against...Earned his place in Tribe Postseason lore with a spot start in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series at Toronto on October 19, tossing 4.1 shutout innings while allowing just 2 hits/baserunners in the 3-0 series-clinching victory that gave the Indians their sixth American League pennant...Retired 12 of the 14 Blue Jays he faced and threw 49 pitches (33 strikes) in the effort...Rated by Baseball America as having the best control in the system entering 2017.
Went a combined 12-7 with a 3.63 ERA (69ER/171.0IP) in 27 games/starts between AA Akron and AAA Columbus...Led all Indians MiLB pitchers in IP (171.0IP), was 4th in wins and 9th in ERA..Spent a majority of his season in Akron where he went 10-7 with a 3.51 ERA in 22 games and starts (141.0IP, 145H, 63R/55ER, 8HR, 8HB, 16BB/1 IBB, 89SO, .269AVG, 1.20WHIP)...Named the EL pitcher of the week for July 6-13 when he tossed a 7.0-inning no-hitter against Reading on July 11 (7.0IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 3K, 78P)... ERA in Akron over last 13 starts after June 1 was 3.18 (85.0IP/30ER)...He was promoted to Columbus on Aug. 15 where he finished 2-0 with a 4.20 ERA (14ER/30.0IP) in 5 starts...Went at least 5.0IP in all 27 starts on the year.
Enjoyed a breakout season for the Mudcats in 2014, finishing the campaign with a Carolina League-best 13 victories while holding down a 2.58 ERA (46 ER/160.1 IP ) in a career-high 25 starts on his way to the Bob Feller Award as the organization's top Minor League pitcher ... Merritt's 160.1 innings led all CL hurlers, while his 2.58 ERA (3rd), 2 complete games (T 1st), 127 strikeouts (4th) and 0.95 WHIP (1st) all ranked in the top 5...Led organizational pitchers in ERA, was 2nd in wins, 3rd in innings and T 4th in strikeouts...Named an organizational all-star by MILB.com. The 6-foot, 170-pound southpaw limited opposing batters to a .216 (128-593) average against, including a .197 (23-117) clip against opposing lefties (walked only 4 left-handed batters all year in 123BF )... Merritt allowed just one earned runs across his first 4 starts (24.1 IP) of the season (0.37 ERA) and did not suffer his first loss until May 16...Allowed 2 or fewer runs in 6 of his final 8 starts, ending the season on a 4-game win streak...Allowed 2 runs less in 16 of his 25 starts, worked at least 5.0IP in all 25 outings (E RA in the 5th inning was 0.72, 2E R/25.0IP ) and at least 6.0IP in 19 of 25 starts ... Batters hit .236 (47-199) with runners on base and .234 (26-111) with RISP ... Went 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA... Added to 40-man roster on November 20...Listed by Baseball America as having the Best Control in the organization entering 2015.