Dun dun dun…
I don’t really see how this is too much to worry about this early in the spring, but here’s what Gregor Chisholm tweeted about Brett Cecil’s velocity in today’s exhibition between the Jays and whoeverthefuck they played:
#BlueJays Cecil finishes his day: 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB — topped out at 88 mph in second inning but most were 86.
— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) March 8, 2012
That’s, of course, below his too-slow average of 89.1 last year (according to the Pitch F/X data at FanGraphs), so it’s not exactly cause for celebration, but… I don’t know… talk to me in a couple weeks and if he’s still in this range, then I’ll get concerned.
Chisholm says that he’ll be following-up with Cecil post-game to see if he was holding back, and adds that Morrow said yesterday there was “only one pitch he really let loose.” That said, Morrow was sitting at 94-95. (Note: Nails!)
It’s a long way to the 90.8 Cecil averaged in his first year. Not the best sign.