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Tool Time: Top Fastballs for Starters

Jeremy McBryde

The fastball. Velocity is only one part of the equation. The ability to spot the fastball up at different locations on the black and off is just as vital. It doesn't matter if you throw 100 mph if it can't be thrown over the dish. These San Diego Padres prospects bring the heat.

Mat Latos While an oblique injury took away much of his season, Latos' fastball is explosive and sets up the rest of his pitches. As far as pure power goes, Latos tops them all. Latos throws his cheddar in the mid-90s with control and can reach as high as 97-98 mph. On top of that, he controls the pitch well, making his secondary pitches more deadly. Simon Castro Armed with a fastball that...

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