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West Virginia Power Game Recap: 6/11/11

West Virginia Power Game Recap: 6/11/11

Colton Cain pitched a solid game but I couldn't help but leave there slightly disappointed in his start. The results were definitely there and he got a ton of swing and misses, but the velocity I had heard about the prior day was a tick slower, or a lot slower depending on which gun you believe at the ballpark.

I have always heard that the Lakewood gun was pretty accurate and it seemed that way prior to tonight for this series and even after Cain left it was in line with what I heard so believe what you want. The Lakewood gun had him mostly 86-88 on his fastballs topping out at 89 numerous times. The West Virginia gun had him at 88-89 all game hitting a high of 91. Since I was tracking by the Lakewood gun I'll give you a breakdown of their speeds and I got all but 2 of the 24 batters he faced. I had 71 total pitches of which 52 were fastballs and they were the following speeds.

89mph: ten (all between the 5th and 18th batters he faced)
88mph: fourteen
87mph: twelve
86mph: elev...

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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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