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Scott Kazmir threw for scouts today, clocked in high-80s

Feb 17, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

Scott Kazmir

Scott Kazmir held a workout for scouts today and Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that approximately 10 teams sent someone to take a look at him.

Kazmir’s fastball was clocked mostly in the high-80s, which is similar to the diminished velocity he’s shown while struggling during the past few seasons.

Kazmir is still just 28 years old, but hasn’t been healthy and effective in the same season since 2008 and was released by the Angels following just one start last year. Overall he has a 5.54 ERA and 210/141 K/BB ratio in 299 innings over the past three seasons, but Kazmir’s once-overpowering raw stuff has gradually deteriorated and he coughed up a remarkable 30 runs in 15 innings at Triple-A last year.

The fact that two-thirds of the teams didn’t bother sending anyone to scout Kazmir says a lot about his chances of getting back to the big leagues, but it wouldn’t be surprising if he landed a no-risk minor-league deal from one of the 10 teams in attendance.

  1. Detroit Michael - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    That is remarkable indeed. Nice understatement, Aaron.

    Kazmir was in the majors at an early age and threw a lot of pitches per inning due to the high Ks and high BBs. I don’t think his arm is bouncing back.

  2. braddavery - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    He should probably just take a full year off of any throwing activity and start anew in 2013. Maybe a year off from throwing will be good for his health and he can bounce back.

  3. SmackSaw - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Scott, call Frank Tanana. He’ll tell how it’s done.

    • henryd3rd - Feb 18, 2012 at 4:29 AM

      Scott, you should call Freddie Garcia and Bartolo Colon. Now those are guys who can show you hows its really done.

  4. youk75 - Feb 17, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    He needs to take some time off and try to work on other pitches. If a high 80s fastball is all people are taking about, then that’s not good sign.

  5. greasebawl - Feb 17, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    I really hope Scott makes it back. He was the one bright spot on some horrible Tampa Bay Devil Ray teams during 2005-2007…

  6. ikedavisnose - Feb 17, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Cue the Mets ☺☺☺♥

  7. trevorb06 - Feb 17, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Does anybody else think that this has Padre’s written all over it?

  8. aaronmoreno - Feb 17, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    He still bouncing that slider?

  9. mianfr - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Seems like he’s kind of done. My first thought was maybe go all Freddy Garcia on him and turn him into a finesse pitcher, but honestly his control is too poor to even consider that… Time to find a nice manager and start investing his career earnings.

  10. tropboi11 - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    As a Rays fan im just glad we got his good years and then traded him for Sean-Rod who has been a great utility player for us

  11. mlhlite - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:47 AM

    he needs to call Greg Maddox or Wakefield and ask how to throw knuckleball cause thats a weak ass fastball unless ur names Maddox, beat that pittsburg will take a shot on him

  12. craigsimsrules - Feb 18, 2012 at 6:22 AM

    Steroids is bad

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