Someone noted that, in the ninth inning of the Braves’ hairbreadth victory over Arizona last Sunday, Craig Kimbrel had hit 100 mph on the Turner Field radar gun. Said Kimbrel, all but snorting: “You mean the pitch that I don’t know how Mac caught?”
Well, yes. The intent was to throw a high hard one and make Chris Young chase it. Kimbrel threw it so hard and high that Brian McCann had to spring from his crouch to keep it from clattering against the backstop, which would have been a revolting development seeing as how the tying run occupied third base. But enough play by play.
The greater points here: Craig Kimbrel isn’t overly impressed with how hard he throws, which is a key consideration for somehow who throws as hard as he throws. He has clambered past the point where velocity is the be-all/end-all and has ascended to a more mature plane. More than just a thrower, he’s becoming a pitcher.