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Will Verlander still throw high 90's in future?

Postby dipset » Mon Sep 04, 2006 8:19 pm

If he is 22 and throwing mid to high 90's what will he be like when he is 27? Many say you cant throw that hard for more than a couple of years because it is just to hard on your arm and he will be throwing low mid 90's...... or he gets stronger and is consistantly 99. What do you guys think? Just a question, cause i have seen many people loose tons of velocity including Colon when he threw 99 and now its low 90's (but he is getting old).
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Postby Surfs up » Mon Sep 04, 2006 9:20 pm

Major league hitters will catch up to a pitch thrown in the high 90's or low 90's. Even if its in the 80's
Can you say Greg Maddux? How long has he been doing it?
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Re: Will Verlander still throw high 90's in future?

Postby Music2004Man » Mon Sep 04, 2006 9:32 pm

dipset wrote:If he is 22 and throwing mid to high 90's what will he be like when he is 27? Many say you cant throw that hard for more than a couple of years because it is just to hard on your arm and he will be throwing low mid 90's...... or he gets stronger and is consistantly 99. What do you guys think? Just a question, cause i have seen many people loose tons of velocity including Colon when he threw 99 and now its low 90's (but he is getting old).


I agree that there is a chance that Verlander could lose some velocity but it won't be the same as when Colon lost his velocity. Colon lost velocity because he's out of shape and hasn't taken care of his body at all over the last couple of years. Verlander has a completely different body type and work ethic from what I hear.
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Postby dipset » Tue Sep 05, 2006 8:38 pm

so when he is 27 or 28 will he still have the high 90's fast ball, or will he be more of a pitcher, using great offspeed stuff?
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Postby Yoda » Tue Sep 05, 2006 9:41 pm

Surfs up wrote:Major league hitters will catch up to a pitch thrown in the high 90's or low 90's. Even if its in the 80's
Can you say Greg Maddux? How long has he been doing it?
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I'm sorry but Greg Maddux is an exception. I know a lot of people like to draw comparisons with him but:

a) Maddux was throwing in the low 90s, topping out a 94-95 in his prime
b) He had more movement on his fastball than anyone not named Mariano Rivera
c) He would paint the corners like you wouldn't believe. Even the umps calling the game would call some balls a strike
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Postby brewcrew4you » Tue Sep 05, 2006 9:45 pm

To get back on topic, there have been many power pitchers (Ryan, Unit, etc.) that have kept their velocity into their late 30's.
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Postby Surfs up » Tue Sep 05, 2006 9:48 pm

Okay I'll give you that one. Maybe a bad choice of pitchers to compare to. All I was trying to say was he used to throw hard but now just hits the spots with high 80's stuff.Verlander has a long way to go the even have his name mentioned in the same breath as Maddux.
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Postby dipset » Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:03 pm

Ok what im trying to say is, when he is in his prime (25-29) will he still be throwing this hard?
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Postby cordscords » Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:11 pm

dipset wrote:Ok what im trying to say is, when he is in his prime (25-29) will he still be throwing this hard?


Assuming Jim Leyland doesnt turn into Dusty Baker, then yes.
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Postby Yoda » Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:50 pm

Barring injury, there is no reason to think why Verlander's velocity will drop.
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