Scott Kazmir averaged 91.4 mph velocity in 2016. He’s currently sitting in the low 80s.
Dave Roberts expressed disappointment in Kazmir’s latest sim game. Kazmir said his control was getting better, but Roberts said eventually, there needs to be improvement in velocity.
Dave Roberts was concerned about Scott Kazmir's fastball velocity. Kazmir sat 82-84 today.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) March 16, 2017
“We’ve still got to see some improvement in the velocity at some point in time,” Roberts said. “And I think he’ll say the same thing … “To have that much of a discrepancy in velocity, there’s got to be something to that.”
Kazmir hasn’t taken the hill in 16 days. He was struck by persistent hip problems that initially plagued him last season.
Brandon McCarthy and Alex Wood have a stranglehold on the final two rotations spots right now. Julio Urias likely starts the season in extended spring training or the minors. Hyun-Jin Ryu has been solid and is still aiming for the rotation.
Simply put, Kazmir is the odd man out.
Despite the questionable reviews, Kazmir insists he’s feeling better. But will that translate to pitch speed?