Re: Zach Ward having problems tonight...sort of
Most pitchers on the Dayton roster can hit 95 or close to it. I know in Spring Training Fisher topped out at 94, and Ward at 97 one day. Cueto was around 96. I was there, and Ward was consistently around 92-95. The difference however is what you can pitch at on game day controllably, and almost all Dayton's guys throw at about 85%. Thats why you see Wood around 91-93, Fisher 89-92, and Ward at 91-93. The other part of this is they throw mostly two-seam fastballs. That provides more movement, but will be 3-4 MPH slower. If these guys just rared back, and throwed 4 seamers they could be in the mid-90's all day. Ward can really get a 4 seamer up there. Cueto had great success doing this in Dayton, but it will be interesting to see how far he can get throwing that pitch. Its mainly flat, and I don't care how hard you throw, if you throw a flat ball the higher you get the more guys will sit on it, and take it deep. I hope Johnny develops a better two seamer to go along with his heater. Bottom line the raw talent is there, and these guys are learning how to pitch. It will be fun to watch them all develop, and hopefully get to the big club.