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Another potential top-10 pick needs Tommy John surgery

May 10, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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We learned earlier this week that East Carolina University right-hander Jeff Hoffman will undergo Tommy John surgery and now another potential top-10 pick will join him.

According to Aaron Fitt of Baseball America, UNLV pitcher Erick Fedde also needs Tommy John surgery. Listed at 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, the lanky right-hander posted a 1.76 ERA and 82/21 K/BB ratio over 77 innings this spring. Fitt writes that Fedde has attracted attention from MLB teams due to “a fastball that has reached 97, a quality slider and changeup, a tall, athletic frame and an advanced ability to pound the strike zone.”

Similar to the Hoffman situation, just because Fedde needs Tommy John surgery doesn’t mean that he will not be selected in the early rounds. Teams with multiple early picks (and a larger amount of draft pool money) might be more willing to take the gamble. They will be interesting names to watch in next month’s First-Year Player Draft.

  1. mybrunoblog - May 10, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    These kids have probably been throwing breaking balls since they were 12. We don’t need a medical degree to see the results. These days the top players will play in travel leagues, little league, recreation leagues,Amercian legion, summer leagues, indoor winter leagues and tournaments all year long. That’s lots of stress on a kids arm. Ask around. Every coach knows some 17 year old who blew his arm out and needed Tommy John. This stuff didn’t happen years ago.

    • steelhammer92 - May 10, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      Bingo.. Travel , fall, winter, etc leagues all started up in the 90s.. Now these 90s kids’ arms are shot. It will only get worse. Advancements in nutrition and strength/conditioning training can’t help undeveloped arms being overused.

  2. onbucky96 - May 10, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    I’m sure Scott Boras has assured them they will be top 10 picks. And if not he will file collusion charges against MLB for not selecting pitchers just off Tommy John surgey.

    • jwbiii - May 10, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      And we know this because a Boras client, a pitcher, fell last year after having surgery. You obviously can name the pitcher and can provide links to Boras’ complaints.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 11, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      Kinda hard for Boras or my agent to file anything considering he’s technically not an agent for these kids, only an “advisor” (lol)

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 11, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        any agent*

  3. kappy32 - May 10, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Teams should look at it as though they are getting it out of the way now instead of a year or two into their tenure with the team. TJ surgery has become so commonplace that more hard-throwing prospects are having the surgery at some point than there are ones who aren’t going under the knife. Additionally, due to the surgery being so common, more & more players are returning just as good, if not better, than they were before the operation. Matt Harvey going down when he did last year, missing all of 2014, was detrimental to the Mets. I am sure they would have preferred Harvey to have the surgery when he was first coming out of college. I just don’t see how the surgery will impact these pitchers too much. The only negative I see is that if they reinjure the UCL & require a second surgery, it is much more difficult to come back at that point. You figure that these guys probably have at least 2 years in the minors (200 IP before AAA) before they get the call to The Show. Then, if they make it, they have at least 4 years before they hit free agency. That is a lot of wear & tear on a repaired arm from guys that throw hard & put a lot of torque on their elbows. They are going to definitely have to learn new mechanics, or at least safer mechanics, when they get to the team, and that may require more time in the minors.

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