At the Major Little League level, through the MLB. Keeping the batter off guard is as important as blowing it past them. Case in point, I direct you to the RGJ blog today.
“Former Nevada standout Joe Inglett has been playing professional baseball for a decade but likely accomplished a first on Tuesday: the utility man tossed a scoreless inning in the Brewers’ 12-4 loss to the Reds.
With Milwuakee’s bullpen taxed and starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo getting knocked around early, Brewers coach Ken Macha turned to Inglett to pitch the ninth inning, and he delivered.
Inglett maxed out at 56 mph and his average pitch was 54 mph, but he still recorded a 1-2-3 inning, retiring Brandon Phillips, Orlando Cabrera and Joey Votto (two of whom have been All-Stars). The pitches registered as knuckeballs on the scoreboard because of the speed but Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy said they were just slow fastballs.
“I put down ‘fastball’ but they weren’t fast,” Lucroy told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
. “He was just flipping them in there. That’s tough (for the hitter), coming in so slow. It’s different seeing 50 (mph) and 90 (mph).”
“One, two, three. That’s all I can say,” Gallardo told MLB.com of Inglett’s effort
. “I was pretty impressed. For him to go in there and get three outs, he made it seem easy.”
In 64 games, Inglett is hitting .267 with 10 runs scores and 10 extra-base hits in 90 at-bats. “