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MLB Scouting Notes: Pineda's Velocity

Pineda's most recent outing came on Sunday.

TAMPA - Yankees' RHP Michael Pineda has repeatedly made statements this spring explaining that velocity is not important right now, that "nobody throws hard in spring training," and that this is the time for pitchers to work on things. He's mostly correct, but can you blame some onlookers for being a little curious as to why he has been, at times, 7-8 mph below his typical fastball this spring?

First and foremost, it's not true that nobody throws hard in spring training. Some pitchers are a little behind in building their arm strength, but there are plenty of pitchers around spring training that are in mid-season form when it comes to their fastball velocity. That's not say there's anything wrong with keeping something in the tank in March, but it's just not true that all or even the...

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