Everyone knows that once the Puppy Bowl ends today, it is the official start of baseball season. We are just a little more than a week away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida. That means we will soon have much more to talk about. While you’re waiting for the Puppy Bowl to come on, I figured that I’d share some videos of Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospects throwing baseballs at a high velocity. I’ll start with the one I saw last night.
Here is John O’Reilly (pictured above) hitting 97 MPH. Expect to see him in the Altoona bullpen this summer:
Free and easy baby. Ready for what comes next 💪🏻💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/8rUTGzEaWP
— John O'Reilly (@johnoreilly414) February 7, 2021
Here is Joe Jacques, coming at you from a low angle at 95 MPH with little effort:
#GSM stud/Pittsburgh @Pirates LHP Sidearm Prospect @jjacques_34 up to 94.9 🥵🔥 in recent bullpen! In ‘19 he reached as high as AA, (majority @ A/A+), posting: 35 GP | 2.58 ERA | 3.81 FIP | 59K (66.1IP) | 1.22 WHIP | .200 AVG! #Family @rumbunter @BucsDugout @PGHBaseballNet pic.twitter.com/GpXUVeFaR2
— Gaeta Sports Mgt (@GaetaSportsMgt) January 28, 2021
Here’s starting pitching prospect Mike Burrows, who was throwing 95-97 here, along with an off-speed pitch thrown in there for good measure:
Impressive stuff from @Pirates Prospect Mike Burrows. An electric 95-97 in live ABs. Fastball carrying at 25Vert at 2700 RPMs and that nasty CB with -20V at 3200 RPMs👀. This guy has transformed himself into an absolute dawg. Just recently turned 21 yrs old. #Pirates @mtburrows pic.twitter.com/KcELLbIHlN
— Baseball Performance Center (@The_BPCsj) February 2, 2021
While it obviously isn’t the same as throwing off of the mound, here is Will Kobos throwing 100.4 MPH
Stay tuned as numbers continue to rise for our guys this offseason! Development never stops for the men of KHG. #KHGfamily #TheMovement #letsgoooo #pittsburgh #pirates #velo pic.twitter.com/uYU4F9MQp6
— KHG Sports (@KHGSports) December 11, 2020
Here is an interesting camera view of Nick Mears, who you got to see briefly this summer in Pittsburgh
— Optimum Athletes (@AthletesOptimum) February 2, 2021
Hey, Mitch Keller isn’t a prospect anymore!!! What is he doing here?
Big leaguer @mkeller11 on the mound this morning. Royals @TylerCropley standing in. @bswalve5 doing the catching. Ready for Spring Training 2021! @Pirates @Royals #DugoutFam pic.twitter.com/a5yN3lyG3z
— Dugout Sports (@DugoutSportsF) February 5, 2021
If you know of anymore players, let me know in the comments and I’ll add them to the post.