Roy Halladay is one of the most accomplished pitchers in the majors, but his velocity will likely be a concern this season and moving forward.
Halladay turns 36 in May. He missed time last season with a lat injury, and he experienced shoulder problems that he attributed to a back issue. Though he pitched extremely well in April, he struggled in May before going on the disabled list. After returning from the DL, he did not show All-Star stuff.
According to FanGraphs, Halladay’s average fastball speed was 90.6 mph last season. That was down from 92 the year before, and 92.6 the previous two seasons.
The low velocity trend has been consistent through early spring training.
David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that Halladay was sitting between 86-88 mph during his Wednesday outing against the Washington Nationals. A scout told Murphy that Halladay topped out at 88. For comparison, Stephen Strasburg ranged from 94-97. Murphy notes that the conditions were poor and that...