Originally Posted by bellhead
All he needed to do was face pitchers who threw harder...
Guys in AA probably throw harder in general than the guys at AAA where you have more 'veteran' types than the 'raw armed' types. HR tonight was showing 93 MPH on the stadium gun, so probably a little more like 91 if that gun is like it has been in the past on the hot side. But the pitcher supplying the power is a myth. For every 5 MPH added to a fastball, it only adds about 5 feet in distance to the ball hit. But for every 1 MPH added to the bat speed, it adds 5 feet to the distance of the ball. Bat speed is what makes the power, not so much the pitch speed.