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Eugene Emeralds Pitcher of the Year

Colt Hynes

Evaluating pitching in the short-season leagues is both fun and maddening. At the San Diego Padres Northwest League affiliate, the Eugene Emeralds, you will find pitchers that can simply blow away their competition with 90 MPH-plus fastballs – often down the middle of the plate. We get excited, start writing about power pitchers, velocity, etc...

The problem is they try the same thing in the Midwest League and batters start hammering those same offerings. The hitters become much better very quickly at the next level and most of the lineup can hit a fastball. Ask Aaron Breit, a star pitcher for last year's Emeralds team, His fastball caught far too much of the plate this year in Fort Wayne, despite having one of the better heaters in the... Recommended Stories

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