We heard a lot during the 2010 season about Jeremy Hellickson and how many innings the Rays would let him throw. There are concerns among some that a young pitcher can have a poor season if in the previous season, they throw a lot of stressful pitches (pitches late in the game) or have a significant jump in innings pitched.

In the end, Hellickson pitched fewer innings in 2010 (155.2) than he had in 2009 (157.0). In fact, despite the playoffs, four of the Rays projected starting pitchers threw fewer innings in 2010. David Price was the only pitcher that did increase his workload.

Here is a look at the workload of each of the starting pitchers and how that might affect them moving forward…

Price’s numbers raise a red flag. In 2010, Price had 14 starts with at least 110 pitches and saw his innings pitched increase by 36.1% over the year before. That is a lot of stress on Price’s right left arm.

The good news is that the large workload may not be as stressful on Price as it would be on other pitchers. Of Price’s 3,341 pitches in 2010, nearly 75 percent of them were fastballs. That is a lot of fastballs. And more importantly, that means fewer of the pitches that cause the most stress.

At this point, we are not worried, but this is something to keep in mind. It will be interesting to see if Joe Maddon limits Price’s workload early in spring training and during the first month or two of the regular season.

Or maybe King David’s left arm really is magical and above such worries.

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  1. HockeyBob says:

    -That is a lot of stress on Price’s right arm.

    It's his left arm that would be worrisome!

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  2. Michael says:

    Good thing the stress is on his right arm, not his left......

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  3. Derek says:

    Wade Davis is a mule or a horse.

    Im glad someone talked about this. Although I dont see the innings as the problem, Price is probably not going to be as good next year. Everyone asks, "how will the Rays replace Garza?" I want to know how Price expects to replicate Price.

    Hell doesnt need to pitch any more than 165-170. Its not safe, but Ill assume Davis and Niemann put up 190, so theres not a lot of load on the small right hander.

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  4. ALLEN says:

    Poor Warren Spahn. He threw 125 innings his first partial season, then for 17 straight years did not toss less than 245 innings. How did he do it?

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