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Webb hits 84 MPH in second instructional league appearance

Oct 2, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

Brandon Webb might be making progress. According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, the impending free agent hit 84 MPH with his fastball in a second instructional league appearance Saturday. He hit just 81 MPH...

Brandon Webb might be making progress.

According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, the impending free agent hit 84 MPH with his fastball in a second instructional league appearance Saturday.  He hit just 81 MPH in his first appearance earlier this week and showed an ineffective curveball.

Webb hasn’t thrown a pitch in a major league game since the first week of the 2009 season but is hoping to find a one-year deal this winter that will help him revitalize his career.

The Nationals are keeping an eye on him, as are a few other teams.  But he threw his sinking fastball on 71% of his deliveries back in 2008 and needs at least some velocity for it to be an effective pitch.

  1. Nsblend - Oct 3, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    If I had the same amount of time and resources as Brandon Webb, garunteed I’d be in the majors already. Give it up Webb, your finished.

  2. JimmyY - Oct 3, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Don’t know the extent of Webb’s injury, but Chris Young of the Padres came down with significant shoulder problem after his first start this year. Rehabbed all year and just came back with slightly lower speed on his stuff, like 4-5 dropoff on fastballs. Since he is so tall and has that unique build he’s still able to pitch effectively and has done great so far in his return. Whether he’s needed or not, might be tomorrow if there’s a playoff for the playoffs. So a dropoff in Webbs speed is to be expected.

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