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Tool Time: Top Fastballs - Relief Pitchers

Alfredo Fernandez

There is nothing sexier than a relief pitcher that can bring the heat. Think Billy Wagner and Mariano Rivera – the Padres are stockpiling a number of flamethrowers in the pen and with the pen such an asset on the big league club they have extended that thought process to the minors.

1. Pascual Juan A lefty that can dial it up to 99 MPH on the radar gun is rare and Juan fits the mold. Scouts say he has one of the fastest left-handed arms they have ever seen and there is room for improvement. Juan sits in the 93-96 MPH range and can consistently get the ball rocking at those speeds. What he needs to work on is his first pitch strikes, staying ahead of the hitters and his...

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