Originally Posted by jojo
The most important thing to remember is the number 22. That's the total number of innings that can be used to support an argument that Broxton is different, aka better. Truthfully a narrative that he's become meaningfully different is really built upon 13 innings in September.
Also, Broxton's velocity did NOT increase as the season progressed. Based upon pitch f/x data, here are his fastball velocities each month of the season beginning with April: 95.8, 96, 95.6, 96.2, 95.1, 95.2, 96.1. His velocity simply did not increase substantially, and lets be clear several mph would be a boon for a pitcher, over the first four months of the season.
Three years of dominance, then a year of decline, probably the year he pitched with the injury, then the year he had the surgery.....but only 22 innings to project Broxton's likely performance?
Plus, a 95+ fastball is still power pitching, regardless of the number of guys throwing in the 97+ range these days, so it isn't like he is no longer a power pitcher.
I expect an above average reliever out of Broxton. I would consider that to play well in whatever inning he pitches.