Insider Podcasts: Buster Olney Discusses Weaver

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 02: Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Minnesota Twins in the sixth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 2, 2012 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Twins 9-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 02: Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Minnesota Twins in the sixth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 2, 2012 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Twins 9-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

For a few years, Angels starter Jered Weaver has seen his velocity fall from an average fastball of 89 miles per hour in 2011 to just 83 miles per hour in 2015. On Wednesday, the All-Star righty’s average fastball fell to a staggering 79 miles per hour. This led to All-Star righty allowing three homeruns in just two innings in his second spring outing. Weaver later underwent a precautionary MRI for neck stiffness, which may have led to such a slow fastball. Buster Olney of the ESPN Baseball Tonight Baseball Podcast goes further into this issue, and even expresses the odds of Weaver finding his velocity and success again at the Major League level.

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