Via George King -
Multiple scouts pointed out a slight dip in David Robertson’s velocity in the final days of spring training.
“He was 88 to 90 mph the last time I saw him and he is usually 92 and a tick above,’’ a talent evaluator said of the Yankees’ closer. “His velocity was down a little bit. He can usually pop out a 93. I don’t know, he might have been working on something, but it was down.”
According to Brian Cashman, he hasn’t been made aware of a slip in Robertson’s velocity and therefore isn’t concerned.
“It hasn’t come up at all,’’ the general manager said.
A check of Robertson’s velocity numbers last season indicates he throws harder as the season progresses. In early April he was at 90.5 mph. At the end of May it was 93.2. In the final days of June it was 92.4. At the end of July he was at 92 and at the end of August, 91.5. On Sept. 29 Robertson’s fastball was 91.8.
So, while 88 to 90 might indicate a drop, its high side is only a half mph from what Robertson threw early last April.
Hey, it happens.
This is just about the age where Gregg Olson, another short-righty-curveballer, went south.