• Jamey Carroll Pitches Baseballs In A Real, Live Game

    For three straight years now, the Minnesota Twins have been forced into tapping one of their position players to take the mound late in a blowout game.

    In 2011, it was Michael Cuddyer. Last season, the honors went to Drew Butera. This year's position player was veteran infielder Jamey Carroll.

    Had Aaron Hicks remained on the roster, he might have been the obvious position player to be called in for mop-up duty considering he was a talented high school pitcher throwing in the mid-90s and multiple teams viewed him as a pitcher at the time of the draft. Nevertheless, Carroll retired his opponents with guile and not heat.

    Carroll's nine-pitch eighth inning was not a thing of beauty, but it worked. He retired three consecutive Royals hitters and did not use anything resembling a fastball. MLB.com's PitchF/X system charted all his offerings as either a changeup or a knuckleball -- both reasonable assumptions for pitches thrown under 80 miles an hour. The St Paul Pioneer Press’s Mike Berardino tweeted after the game that Carroll had not pitched at any level since his Babe Ruth League days as a fifteen-year-old. I’m guessing the velocity has not changed much since then.

    How does Carroll's outing compare to Cuddyer and Butera's?

    You have to wonder if Carroll’s grotesque fingers gave him an unfair advantage to be able toput additional movement on each pitch that a normal, healthy-handed pitcher would not. Sort of like Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown.

    This article was originally published in blog: Jamey Carroll pitches baseballs in a real, live game started by Parker Hageman
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Yeesh, I thought only near-40-year old catchers ended up looking that disfigured.

      But still, Jamey was the highlight of the night....and..... the Arby's Value Player of the night! Pretty sad state of affairs when your most effective pitcher last night was the one who hadn't taken the mound in......... 25 years!

      Of the last 3 Twins position playing pitchers, I'll take Drewbie.....the guy could sling it at around 94 MPH.
    1. SpitefulRabbit617's Avatar
      SpitefulRabbit617 -
      Cy young award is on its way!
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Looking forward to his first start.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Had I known the treat I would be missing in the 8th inning, I would have insisted my wife not turn the channel.

      76 MPH huh? And he was signed to be the opening day SS last year?
    1. Kobs's Avatar
      Kobs -
      He didn't seem to be throwing with a lot of effort.

      The fact that the Twins have had to do this three times in three years is pretty embarrassing. Here we have a manager who is terrified of the catcher injury/DH loss/pitcher dying in a tragic batting accident scenario, but this is no biggie.
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