The Dodgers made their signing of Trevor Bauer official on Thursday afternoon. President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman appeared on stage during the press conference to introduce him. Manager Dave Roberts was also in attendance, though there were strangely not any questions directed to him.
After the press conference, Bauer did several interviews with various MLB media. While most wanted to know what brought the reigning Cy Young award winner to the Dodgers, MLB Network was interested in how he wanted to improve.
They asked Bauer about his offseason routine and where he put his focus during training. In years past, Bauer has been heavily involved in improving his spin rate and control. This season, Bauer said he is looking to get his velocity back up.
My velocity has fallen the last couple of years due to some outside factors. I was injured most of 2019 and 2020 obviously being a short season and now having things play out, the quick ramp-up in Spring Training and Summer Camp. But velocity was a big thing this offseason, how do I get more out of my body and how do I move more efficiently.
Bauer’s velocity doesn’t appear to have taken much of a hit over the last few years. In 2020, his fastball sat around 93.5 mph on average. That is slightly down from 94.5 mph the year before and he put up that same mark in 2018. Although it’s not much of a difference, it’s enough for the Dodgers pitchers to want to focus on it in his training.
In the past, Bauer focusing in on something in the offseason generally results in improvements. He got his walk rate down in 2020 and got his spin rate up over the last several seasons. If he can improve on an already good velocity, the Dodgers are going to be in a great position.
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