I wonder how many general managers reference Fangraphs articles when casually discussing fastball velocity with the media. Today, Cashman was asked whether Pineda’s recent velocity is normal for him. Does he usually start out like this and then build through the spring.
This was Cashman’s answer:
“It’s a tough situation because he’s a newbie with us. We don’t have a history or experience with him, so we’re going to grow to know each other. He was 89, 92 tops on his last outing and he was very effective. We’ve had guys that are less effective with more velocity, so with everybody in this whole staff, it’s a process. Like anything else, the more comfort or lack of comfort you feel. I know he feels good, but I don’t know what to make of it.
“We went through all his logs when we acquired him, and there was an article on Fangraphs referring to it. A lot of notoriety came from his two innings of work in his last outing. They talked on Fangraphs about how in his first inning or two of his starts last year, that’s not unusual, him being at that level. Those same games, he ended up averaging 94 and change.”
Here’s the Fangraphs article in question. Dave Cameron writes that Pineda regularly held something back in the first few innings last season but was able to build velocity when he needed it. Pretty interesting, and interesting that Cashman could cite the article off the top of his head.
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