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First Pitch: A Few Cases of Increased Velocity, and the More Important Skill

First Pitch: A Few Cases of Increased Velocity, and the More Important Skill

Today I wrapped up the West Virginia Power 2012 season recap. The three lowest levels in the farm system are now complete, which covers a lot of the young pitchers in the system. It also covers a lot of the guys who fall under the "projectable frame" category.

You might see that term used a lot. When a pitcher has a projectable frame, it usually means that the pitcher is tall and skinny. The idea is that the pitcher could add velocity to his fastball as he fills out his frame. Mix in a low effort throwing motion, and it becomes more likely that the pitcher could start throwing with higher velocity down the line.

It's hard to predict who will add velocity. The biggest example is Stephen Strasburg. He went from undrafted out of high school, to a guy who sits in the upper 90s out of col...

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