MLB Preview 2011: 10 Top Young Pitchers Who Will Have Strict Innings Limits

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MLB Preview 2011: 10 Top Young Pitchers Who Will Have Strict Innings Limits
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History shows that young pitchers can run into serious trouble if they are pushed too far, too fast.  There is even a semi-official term for this occurrence.

The "Verducci Effect" is named for Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated, who originally called this phenomenon the "Year After Effect."  The theory is based on the idea that pitchers under the age of 25 who have 30-inning increases year over year tend to underperform.

While there is ample evidence supporting this argument, there is also evidence to the contrary.  However, it is generally accepted that many young pitchers who are overworked are more likely to get injured or show fatigue the following season.

Actually, the same can be said of most baseball players.  Overuse can lead to injury, underperformance and can also have lasting effects on a player's career.

With young, talented pitchers, it is especially important for teams to protect their investments.  The following is a list of 10 good, young pitchers who may be issued inning limits in an effort to preserve their arms for the future.

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