Originally written April 16, 2013 on Pirates Prospects:
All of the warning signs are there for a James McDonald injury. – Image Credit: David Hague After the first start of the year from James McDonald, I got a question. “What is up with his velocity? Is he injured?” McDonald’s velocity was down in the first game of the year. He ranged from about 87-92 MPH, but averaged 89 MPH with his fastball. Looking at this chart from FanGraphs, it was the first time in the last three seasons that he’s averaged below 90 MPH in a game. He’s only averaged 90 once. That start came last year, in his second outing of the season. He was normal the rest of the year. I didn’t want to speculate an injury. It was one start, and it was cold. It wouldn’t have been out of the ordinary for him to have a lot velocity, just like he did in the second start last April. Then the second start came this year, and again his velocity was low. This time it didn’t have a wide range, averaging about 91 MPH and sitting 89-92. Tonight was his third start, and once again the vel...
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