Here are some more thoughts on players who appeared in Sunday's Futures Game, focusing on players I didn't include in my first wrapup piece.
One note on these velocities: Most of the pitchers you saw on Sunday were starters who were pitching one inning in what is essentially a showcase game. They didn't have to worry about pacing themselves, and many guys will try to air it out in a situation like that with the guns up and the cameras on. Most of the freakish velocities I'm mentioning would be more of the high end of a range for these guys as starters.
• Henderson Alvarez (Toronto) was 93-97 mph with a fringy curveball that had good two-plane break but lacked tight rotation; he didn't show the plus changeup but located the fastball well. There's some effort there, but he loads his hips to the point where the hitter can see the Z in "Alvarez" and he also generates tremendous torque to get his arm accelerated. I don't know why he doesn't miss more bats, but plus fastball/plus changeup/fringy curveball is still a mid-rotation or better starter in the long term.
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