COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Detroit Tigers had their first game earlier this week in Minnesota, and Thursday the Whitecaps begin their season in West Michigan. From the majors to the minors, you can expect to see more fast balls because pitchers are throwing harder than ever.
Tigers pitcher Al Albuquerque is one of an increasing group of pitchers who is consistently throwing fast balls more than 95 miles per hour. Whitecaps pitching coach Mike Henneman says there's plenty of guys in his field, and younger, who are doing the same.
"You see high school kids coming up throwing 93, 94 mph," he said.
"We're starting to see more of them get into minor league baseball and progress into professional ball," said Whitecaps' athletic trainer T.J. Saunders. He says the trend has been on an upward climb for the last decade.
"They're stronger, they're more fit, they're more in shape, and that translates to ball speed," he said.