Correct, that seems to be the situation.
[quote=“fearsomefour”]What do you think factors into the large increase in average FB velocity you stated?
Most MLB teams take a very conservative approach with training their pitchers, that would make one think velos would stay down. I think at least a solid chunk of the increase has to do with the game being opened up much more to international players. Or maybe it is players breaking away from what their teams have them doing and training on their own.
What do you think?[/quote]
I believe it has nothing to do with “player development.” Player selection highly prizes fastball velocity more than ever, so that is reflected throughout all levels of professional baseball.
Specialization also plays a role - the average number of innings pitched per game is going down, and with more relievers being used, fresh arms can be brought into the game. They know they have to face 3-5 batters, and the most common combination of pitches for a right-handed reliever is fastball/slider, so they throw at max effort and grab some pine.