Cleveland Indians prospect Casey Weathers, 30, hit 107.8 mph on a radar gun during a pitching drill.
"I got really fortunate in the last year," says Weathers, who battled bad luck and injuries for the better part of five seasons. "I basically got signed by the Indians off a pull-down video."
The "pull-down" drill is the end of the second phase of pitching guru Alan Jaeger's long-toss regimen. After extending to 300-foot distances, pitchers come down to a 30-foot distance and usually crow hop while throwing into a sock net.
"I played outfield growing up, so I do more of an outfielders throw," Weathers said of the drill. "You try to beat your score every time and get as much velocity as you can.
"I can definitely get some translation to the mound as far as getting arm speed, but it's all about the confidence for me. I've been through all these injuries, and now I can throw a ball at max intent at very high output and I'm fine. That's the biggest confidence thing for me. I can prepare my body to do the things I need to do to compete during the season."