Slowly but surely, the names of all the Dodgers that visited Driveline Baseball this winter are getting out there.
Alex Wood was the first name, but that was before he returned to LA. Then came Kenley Jansen speaking more openly about it by the day. Followed by Clayton Kershaw, who explained his realization that Driveline is more than just weighted baseballs.
Now add reliever Joe Kelly to the list.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) February 27, 2020
Our friend Bill Plunkett of the OC Register brings us more.
First off, why would a guy that averaged 97.7 mph on his fastball last season need to visit Driveline — a program widely known for velocity development? It turns out that Kelly’s fastball spin rate of 2,150 rpm was considered below average, so he was looking for answers.
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The Driveline think tank, of course, found something during their “compressed, 8-hour session. The ball wasn’t coming out of his hand correctly.
I was throwing…