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Tool Time: Top Fastball for Relievers

Ivan Nova

Relievers who throw gas are coveted across the baseball landscape. Being able to spot the pitch while keeping hitters on their toes by moving it around is wanted everywhere. These San Diego Padres relief prospects have the goods.

Ivan Nova A Rule 5 Draft selection, Nova immediately went to the top of the heap with his dueling fastalls. He has excellent command of his four-seamer and his two-seamer has become a plus pitch over the last year. With both a four-seamer that reaches 95 mph and has projection because of his loose arm and easy delivery and a two-seamer that has darting movement, Nova has an impressive arsenal...

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