Rudy Owens was the first top prospect to emerge from the "Fastball Academy".

I've seen a few comments about the "Fastball Academy" the last few days, most notably one focused on Luis Heredia. The comment suggested that Heredia should focus on other pitches, rather than spending almost all of his time on the fastball.

The approach the Pittsburgh Pirates have taken the last few years with the lower level pitchers has been pretty well documented. The team prefers their pitchers to learn command of the fastball. It's to the point where the Pirates at one point had their pitchers throwing fastballs on almost every pitch. They've since backed off on that, and mix in a few breaking pitches to keep opposing hitters honest, but the overwhelming majority is still on the fastball.


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