Pitcher velocities

In talking to some people around the program today, I was told Arkansas has seven pitchers that have hit 95 mph on the radar gun this fall. Newcomer Trevor Stephan (who turned down an 18th round offer from the Red Sox) has hit 97. Blaine Knight is throwing 95 and above. Cody Scroggins has been clocked at 94.

This is the Wes Johnson effect. He puts a lot of emphasis on lower body strength. Arkansas has turned its old batting cage into a pitcher strength facility full of medicine balls, sleds and other tools that are used to increase leg strength. You can tell a difference in the pitchers physically. There is less room between the thighs and pant legs.