Right-hander Tim Lincecum will audition for Major League teams next Thursday (Feb. 15), Kyle Boddy of Driveline Baseball announced today (on Twitter). The two-time NL Cy Young winner has been working out with Driveline this offseason in an effort to revitalize his career.
Rockies right-hander Adam Ottavino, another Driveline client, shared a photo of Lincecum on Instagram back in December in which Lincecum looked to be in excellent physical condition. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan tweeted at the time that Lincecum’s velocity was up, and Boddy noted then that Lincecum would eventually host a showcase for MLB clubs before Opening Day.
In Lincecum’s last run through MLB, he logged a 9.16 ERA with 7.5 K/9, 5.4 BB/9 and a staggering 2.58 HR/9 through 38 1/3 innings with the Halos. His average fastball in that time was just 87.7 mph — nearly seven full miles per hour off he 94.2 mph that he averaged as a 23-year-old rookie one decade ago.
Those unsightly results notwithstanding, Lincecum should still at least pique the interest of clubs, and it stands to reason that plenty of scouts will be in attendance to see if he shows enough to merit consideration. Presumably, Lincecum is looking at a minor league contract and an invite to Major League Spring Training if a team ultimately does make an offer.
It’s been quite some time since Lincecum, who’ll turn 34 in June, has been much of a contributor at the big league level, of course. The once-premium velocity “The Freak” displayed early in his career wilted as he entered his late 20s, falling to an average of just over 90 mph in 2012-13. Lincecum underwent hip surgery late in the 2015 season and has only appeared sparingly in the Majors since that time. His most recent season as an elite starter came back in 2011 when he tossed 217 innings of 2.47 ERA ball for the Giants, but he’s posted just a 4.94 ERA in 654 Major League innings since that time.