In the same year that Dr. Frank Jobe died, we witnessed a horrific number of pitchers undergo Tommy John surgery, essentially costing them at least one season in the majors. It was like when a car hits another car in the fog, and the other cars just keep piling up because they can’t see what’s happening.
I thought it would be interesting to look at the entire list of pitchers that underwent the surgery to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in their elbow.
— Tommy John (@TommyJohn288) September 25, 2014
If anything, it gives us a great preview of what sleepers to keep an eye on for the 2016 Fantasy Baseball season! Tommy John Surgery Victims From 10/2013 to 10/2014 We’re only going to list the major players, and we’re taking this list from the Tommy John Surgery List from the guys at BaseballHeatMaps.com and @MLBPlayerAnalys). We interspersed among the list some great tweets about the procedure. Matt Harvey, SP, N.Y. Mets – 10/22/2013 Cory Luebke, SP, San Diego – 2/18/2014 Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota – 3/12/2014 Luke Hochevar, RP, Kansas City – 3/18/2014
Since the start of 2012, 53 Major Leaguers have undergone Tommy John surgery and had a full year now to recover. Only 32/53 are back in MLB. — Jon Roegele (@MLBPlayerAnalys) September 17, 2014
Kris Medlen, SP, Atlanta – 3/18/2014
Brandon Beachy, SP, Atlanta – 3/21/2014
Jarrod Parker, SP, Oakland – 3/24/2014
Patrick Corbin, SP, Arizona – 3/24/2014
— For The Win (@ForTheWin) October 2, 2014
Bruce Rondon, RP, Detroit – 3/29/2014
Bobby Parnell, RP, N.Y. Mets – 4/8/2014
Jameson Taillon, SP, Pittsburgh – 4/9/2014
Matt Moore, SP, Tampa Bay – 4/22/2014
I believe Zimmermann became the 5th MLB pitcher to throw a no-hitter after having Tommy John surgery. Wells, Sanchez, Humber, Liriano also. — Jon Roegele (@MLBPlayerAnalys) September 29, 2014
Josh Johnson, SP, San Diego – 4/24/2014
Ivan Nova, SP, N.Y. Yankees – 4/29/2014
A.J. Griffin, SP, Oakland – 4/30/2014
Jose Fernandez, SP, Miami – 5/16/2014
Martin Perez, SP, Texas – 5/19/2014
By season’s end, the Tigers, White Sox and Rangers used 8 players who’ve had Tommy John surgery. The Orioles, Brewers and Reds used just 1.
— Jon Roegele (@MLBPlayerAnalys) September 29, 2014
Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore – 6/17/2014
Bronson Arroyo, SP, Arizona – 7/15/2014
Tyler Skaggs, SP, L.A. Angels – 8/13/2014
Jonny Venters, RP, Atlanta – 9/17/2014
Hopefully, this is the last of the Tommy John surgery victims list as we roll deeper into the MLB postseason!