Coffee and Clippings: Velocity puts Fernandez’s elbow at risk

Stephania Bell (@Stephania_ESPN) of ESPN discusses how increased velocity puts Jose Fernandez’s elbow at risk… Naturally, his fastball was scouted heavily during his rehab outings as a measure of assessing his recovery. The fact that he flashed fastball speeds of 95-97 mph out of the gate had fans excitedly clamoring for his MLB return, which […]

Peter Gammons: The risk of drafting high school pitchers with top picks

We all want Jose Fernandez to be all right, hope the elbow sprain doesn’t lead to Tommy John Surgery. Our media medical guru and logical practitioner advises us to wait, and so we will, knowing that if, indeed, Fernandez ends up having the surgery it means that not only has a glittering career been sidetracked, […]

Gammons Poll: Top pitching prospects turning heads in spring training

Start with Jose Fernandez, runner-up for the National League Cy Young Award last season, a year before he would be in the draft—this year’s draft as he was in the 2011 draft with Carlos Rodon—had he gone to college. That’s a very good place to start with the Miami Marlins, whose Nate Eovaldi had the […]

Gammons Notes: Tejada’s status with the Mets, Lucas Giolito impressing and more

Ruben Tejada There is no sense around the Mets that they are heartily inclined to rush to sign Stephen Drew and dump Ruben Tejada, despite Tejada’s .120 spring average. If Drew’s price came down to the $7M AAV area, maybe, but that’s hard to swallow given the fact that he turned down $14.1M from the […]

Gammons Notes: White Sox, Russell Wilson, Jeff Samardzija and more

Notes from a rental car, Seasons 52 Edamame and my daily dose of Jackie Greene on the iPhone: –When the White Sox arrived at their facility in Glendale, Arizona, to get to the clubhouse each player had to walk a red carpet, lined by red velvet ropes. Hey, who knew Adam Dunn would be an […]

Peter Gammons: Kershaw is well-deserving of historic megadeal

An iPhone text came in around 9 p.m. Wednesday. It read: “Wonder what Jose Fernandez is thinking?” And you could probably add Lucas Sims, Lucas Giolito, Jameson Taillon, Julio Urias, Archie Bradley, Henry Owens and Kohl Stewart to that list of young pitchers who went to bed dreaming of a seven year, $215M contract that […]