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Rangers hitter Mitch Moreland pitched a 1-2-3 inning and was clocked at 95 mph

May 7, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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Rangers first baseman/outfielder/designated hitter Mitch Moreland took the mound in a blowout loss to the Rockies last night and looked about as good as a position player can look as a pitcher.

Moreland was clocked as high as 95 miles per hour, regularly worked at 92-94 miles per hour, and tossed a 1-2-3 inning with a pair of fly outs to right field and a broken-bat ground ball.

Here’s the video from

Moreland was actually a very good pitcher in college at Mississippi State and made a couple pitching appearances in the minors. Based on how good he looked the Rangers might want to make letting him mop up a semi-regular thing just to save some wear and tear on the pitching staff.

  1. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 7, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Moreland having his elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews yet? No? I’m somewhat shocked

  2. entitymn - May 7, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    He could start for the Twins.

  3. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 7, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    And did I hear the announcers say he topped out at 70-something at the end of that?

    • atxjustin - May 7, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      Believe they were referring to someone else.

  4. clydeserra - May 7, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    New meaning to the term “Situational Lefty”

  5. renaado - May 7, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    This is an amazing sight to see. If Moreland became a pitcher/position player in the MLB this guy will surely be on par with Shohei Otani of Japan even greater, both guys are topping out 92-95 mph however Otani’s fastball is clocked as high as 97 to 98mph, still Moreland pitching for the first time in the Big leagues surely tells us his pitching skills hasn’t been rusted.

    • gothapotamus90210 - May 7, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      The NPB isn’t quite The Show.

      • renaado - May 7, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        It depends though… I’ve been watchin the NPB leagues videos there for almost 4 years now. And it’s safe to say from my observation, there style of play is almost on par with the Major league level, in terms of hitting, no, but their pitching and defense is almost there.

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 7, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      I think there might need to be more to his pitching before he can consider himself a pitcher again. He threw straight 4 seam fastballs. He wasn’t fooling anyone, just trying to blow it past them. If he showed a breaking pitch or a change up then we can talk about him as a real pitcher. If he had a curve, fastball, AND change up, well THEN we have a pitcher. In modern baseball only Mariano Rivera ever really got by throwing one kind of pitch. But I agree that his velocity was impressive and his aim was very good.

      • renaado - May 7, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        Dunno though, he probably has another pitch in his arsenal aside from the fastball and clearly hasn’t shown it here yet knowin he was just used to pitch there in a blowout game loss. And yes, definitely his fastball velocity was certainly good there.

  6. wonkypenguin - May 7, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Wait. Aaron! Are you allowed to write about a baseball game? Or is going to shun you for this?

    • georgewashingtonsghost - May 7, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      No kidding. I can’t believe they’ve let him get away with putting “Rangers” in the title of this pot. Is there a MLB hotline I can call to report him?

  7. zdravit - May 7, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    That’s good, because he clearly doesn’t have a future as a hitter.

  8. nbjays - May 7, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    He’s good but he’s no Chris Davis :-)

  9. blacksables - May 7, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    It’s unbelievable that teams are carrying 13 pitchers and still need to use position players to save their arms.

    It’s also unbelievable that guys making several million dollars a year are unable to throw more than one inning a day.

  10. mikhelb - May 7, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    The best pitching performance of a Rangers reliever besides Soria in the past week or so.

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