Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum threw for a number of MLB scouts Friday in Arizona to show teams what he has to offer.
He threw 41 pitches and was able to reach 91 mph with his fastball, according to the Mercury News' Andrew Baggarly.
CSN Bay Area showed some of his highlights from Friday:
Once one of the sport's elite pitchers, Lincecum has struggled mightily over the past four seasons, per Sarah Langs of ESPN Stats & Information:
|Tim Lincecum MLB Rankings Split|
|2007-2011 Rank||Stat||2012-2015 Rank|
|1st||Opponent Batting Average||T-51st|
He had hip surgery in September. The injury caused major problems last year, as he told Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan:
I didn’t know which days were gonna be the good days and which were gonna be the bad ones. Some days my hip would bite at me. Some days it would be fine. But I didn’t have a lot of stability and strength in it. I wasn’t able to sustain the end of my motion, when my foot hit. It felt very erratic, very wild. It didn’t feel like much of a drive. It felt like I was jumping. That’s where I lost it all. The power was lost in my legs, and it didn’t drive through my hips, my mid-back and up into my shoulder. I was throwing a lot with my arm.
It was quite a fall from grace for a pitcher who tossed a pair of no-hitters and won three World Series titles with the Giants.
Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports spoke with optimistic team representatives who were on hand at Lincecum's session:
With that kind of general consensus, it's safe to assume that Lincecum will be contacted by a number of teams. He may not pitch in the majors right after being signed, though, as he'll need to adjust to live batters.
But for a team that is in need of help in the middle of its rotation, Lincecum could be an inexpensive option who could be a steal down the road.