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A popular new addition to our annual draft guide has been the “Injury Risk Pitchers To Avoid” feature where we identify those hurlers who carry the most risk of getting hurt during the upcoming year for varying reasons. The main goal here is to really zone in on the classic Tommy John pitcher profile that has seen a very high amount of injuries/surgeries going back for the last ten years or so. Specifically speaking, extra focus is placed on those pitchers who carry one or more of the following traits:
*Are at the age of 28 or younger during the last season of pitching.
*Have seen a sizable increase in innings pitched from one year to the next.
*Throw their fastball on average 94 mph or above.
It is from this group historically speaking that the majority of Tommy John victims have come from and so these are the names that deserve extra scrutiny for 2018 fantasy baseball drafts:
Luis Severino: The brand new ace of the New York Yankees is a classic example of what a future Tommy John victim looks like. Severino hits each of the three traits listed above and that is a big potential problem moving forward. With an average fastball of 97.8 in 2017, Severino getting hit with arm trouble would be far from shocking.
Jose Berrios: Like with Luis Severino, the Minnesota Twins’ Jose Berrios reaches two of these traits with a big fastball (average of 94.0) that came at the age of just 24.
Robbie Ray: While Ray’s innings were stable from 2016-17, he hit the other two marks at the age of 26 and with an average fastball velocity of 94.5
James Paxton: No stranger to injury, the Seattle Mariners’ James Paxton hits two of the marks with an average fastball of 96.0 and for the fact he was 28 in 2017.
Carlos Martinez: Already with pronounced shoulder trouble in his young career, the St. Louis Cardinals’ Carlos Martinez reaches the age issue (26) and the potent average fastball velocity (96.7).