Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Dallas Keuchel noticed a startling velocity drop

I'm sure we'll hear more about this in the coming days, but Dallas Keuchel's velocity was way down today in an 8-1 loss to the Marlins at Jupiter.

Jose de Jesus Ortiz asked Keuchel if he was suffering from dead arm. Keuchel said he felt good.

So how bad are we talking? His fastball was sitting at 84mph today.

Given that his fastball averaged 89.5mph last season, and he didn't have a month in which his fastball averaged under 89mph in 2013...? It's a concern, and something to keep an eye on.

UPDATE: Apparently I missed the boat on this, and I've heard from a few SOURCES that it's not uncommon for this type of velocity drop to happen around this time in Spring Training. Whatever. There's not enough to write about, anyway, so we might as well trump up some potentially useless piece of information.