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Scout says Kevin Millwood looks “terrible” in Yankees’ extended spring training

Apr 15, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

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Kevin Millwood was signed by the Yankees to provide a fallback option for the rotation and now Phil Hughes is struggling enough to make removing him from the rotation a possibility, but it doesn’t sound like Millwood will be back in the majors any time soon.

Jayson Stark of spoke to a scout who saw Millwood pitch in extended spring training and said he was “terrible.”

Of course, the same scout also said of Millwood: “Here’s a guy who used to throw 94-95. Now he’s throwing 86.”

There may have been a point when Millwood threw 94-95 miles per hour, but it hasn’t been for a very, very long time. At least a decade, in fact.  During the nine seasons in which Fan Graphs has velocity data Millwood’s fastball has averaged 90.8 miles per hour and going back to 2002, when he was with the Braves, his fastball averaged 91.4 mph.

None of which makes the fact that “now he’s throwing 86” any less of an indictment of Millwood’s current abilities, but it does say something about always taking the word of scouts as gospel. Sometimes the numbers tell plenty.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Apr 15, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    My stars and garters! Millwood not doing well? Who woulda thunk?

  2. Jonny 5 - Apr 15, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    He better get on the horn with Moyer QUICK!!

  3. uyf1950 - Apr 15, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    If it’s true Millwood may have to exercise the opt-out clause by May 1st in his minor league deal with the Yankees. I’m sure there will teams beating down his door.

  4. sanzarq - Apr 15, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    As a longtime Brave fan now living in Maryland, I was initially happy to see him sign with the O’s last year. Unfortunately, he stunk up the joint, and did not impress anyone with his laissez-faire attitude, either before or during the season.

    He should now have his picture next to the phrase “washed-up” in the dictionary.

    Kevin: Please retire while you have some semblance of dignity left!!

    • randomdigits - Apr 15, 2011 at 8:45 PM

      He didn’t sign with the O’s they traded Chris Ray to Texas for him.

      Other then that, I agree with you, he clearly shut it down in the middle of the season.

  5. xmatt0926x - Apr 15, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    The shame of him being washed up is that it was of his own doing. He’s had a few really good years at convenient times to keep getting paid but overall he has been a bloated slug with little desire to compete. I read a story a year or so ago that even Nolan Ryan had to sit him down and lecture him for not living up to his talents or working hard enough when he was with Texas. That says it all. A legendary tough guy pitcher who worked his ass off for 20+ years and he sees this fat guy with talent playing with no desire. It had to drive Ryan crazy. Look at this guys face and listen to him speak. He can barely muster the energy to speak a complete sentence.

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