Rays' David Price has advice for high schooler who threw 194 pitches
May 15, 2014 at 4:43p ET
A high school pitcher in Washington state threw 194 pitches in one game and drew the concern of Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price.
Dylan Fosnacht of Rochester High School struck out 17 on Tuesday before being pulled in the top of the 15th inning of a 1-0 victory over La Center High School in 17 innings. The jaw-dropping total comes in a year when increased attention has been paid to Tommy John surgery with many pitchers requiring the ligament-reconstruction procedure, including Rays left-hander Matt Moore and Miami Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez.
Initially, Rochester High School manager Jerry Striegel told the Centralia Chronicle that he had regular checks with Fosnacht to see if the player was OK.
"We talked to him every inning, and he said he felt comfortable," Striegel told the newspaper. "He felt good, and he's a little competitor. He didn't want to come out of the ballgame."
However, Striegel appeared to show more awareness in a conversation with Yahoo! Sports Big League Stew on Thursday.
"I realize that it was way too many pitches," Striegel told the blog. "I can understand everybody's concern about it. And I would tell you too that I am concerned also. I probably would change the decision today."
Lesson learned, though it came about 94 pitches too late. Fosnacht would be wise to preserve his "money maker" in the future.