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During the season’s first 19 games, Royals reliever Aaron Crow faced 27 batters. Only six reached bases, and only one produced an extra-base hit. Crow has yet to allow an earned run, and could be paired with Wade Davis in the team’s eighth-inning platoon.
Yet his mid-90s fastball, the one he utilized en route to an All Star appearance in 2011, has yet to materialize. His fastball continues to register around 92 mph, according to Baseball Info Solutions, down from 94.6 mph career average.
Crow framed the drop in velocity as a conscious choice, part of his attempt to harness his command, and insisted he felt healthy. Team officials dismissed the suggestion they were worried. But rival evaluators sound less optimistic.
By ANDY McCULLOUGH. 9 minutes ago