Veteran reliever David Aardsma underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last July and won’t be ready to step back atop a major league mound until the middle of the 2012 season. Thus, as reported by ESPN’s Buster Olney, the free agent right-hander is not yet shopping himself to teams.
Aardsma recently began a throwing program, but he still has a long road ahead and might not be back to 100 percent health until the 2012 All-Star break.
The 30-year-old right-hander posted a 2.90 ERA and 129/59 K/BB ratio in 121 innings between 2009-2010 for the Mariners, saving 69 games in 78 chances. He should draw interest from a number of clubs this spring if his rehab is still going smoothly.
We’re not talking the 100 meters here. We’re talking practical baseball sprinting. That’s defined by the StatCast folks at MLB as “feet per second in a player’s fastest one-second window,” while sprinting for the purposes of, you know, winning a baseball game.
StatCast ranked all players who have at least 10 “max effort” runs this year. I won’t give away who is at the top of this list, but given that baseball’s speedsters tend to get a lot of press you will not be at all surprised. As for the bottom of the list, well, the Angels don’t pay Albert Pujols to run even when he’s not suffering from late career chronic foot problems, so they’ll probably let that one go. I will say, however, that I am amused that the third slowest dude in baseball is named “Jett,” however.
Lately people have noticed some odd things about home run distances on StatCast, suggesting that maybe their metrics are wacko. And, of course, their means of gauging this stuff is proprietary and opaque, so we have no way of knowing if their numbers are off the reservation or not. As such, take all of the StatCast stuff you see with a grain of salt.
That said, even if the feet-per-second stuff is wrong here, knowing that Smith is faster than Jones by a factor of X is still interesting.
All-Star voting ends this Thursday night, just before midnight eastern time. The All-Star teams — at least how they’ll appear before the dozen or two substitutions we’ll get before the game — will be unveiled on Sunday at 7pm on ESPN, just before Sunday Night Baseball.
Which means you still have time to alter these standings, which now stand as the final update before things are set in, well, not stone, but at least some Play-Doh which has been left out of the can too long and is kinda hard to mess with.