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Has anyone so small thrown as hard as Collins?

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08:17 AM ET 04.08 | Listed at 5-foot-7, Tim Collins doesn't look like a flamethrower. Whether he's 5-5 or 5-6 or 5-7, Collins is representing for those everywhere with craned necks: already a vital part of the Royals' rejuvenated bullpen; just as big a piece of a future ripening with promise; and showered with praise from hitters who never have seen anything like him. Nor, for that matter, has baseball. There have been pitchers 67 inches and shorter -- before Collins, 67 since 1901, according to Baseball-Reference.com. And there have been left-handers who throw 94 mph -- plenty more than 67 but not enough to diminish such talent. Nobody -- not the veteran scouts who anoint Collins, not the stat guys who gawk at his numbers, not even the general manager who acquired him -- can remember someone so short who pumps such gas.

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April 8, 2011  08:42 AM ET
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yup, they usually don't last, but yup

Huh?


Who is "they"? All pitchers that throw that hard or the very small sample size of "short" pitchers that do so?

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April 8, 2011  09:06 AM ET
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Drink some coffee bud

If you say so skippy.

April 8, 2011  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Huh?Who is "they"? All pitchers that throw that hard or the very small sample size of "short" pitchers that do so?

Little pitchers don't last. Especially skinny ones. See: Scott Kazmir.

April 8, 2011  10:20 AM ET

Lol they just ripped off yahoo's article

April 8, 2011  01:53 PM ET

well anything can really happen!!!

April 8, 2011  04:17 PM ET

I was surprised when the Jays traded him, but I think he was the deal maker in the Yunel Escobar and jo Jo Reyes deal. There is another short rocket launcher who use to throw 94-96 regularly when he was younger, but has lost a mile or two as he has gotten older. Jason Frasor is listed at 5'9, but i think he is more like 5'8. I'm not sure how hard Collins actually throws. And at 21 years of age, may be a steal for the royals. His minor league stats are crazy. 329 ks in 223 innings, 2.26 era with a 1.06 whip. 141 hits in 223 innings is impressive also, with 96 walks being the only real blemish on his minor league resume. Time will tell if he can keep healthy and continue to throw hard.

 
April 9, 2011  01:06 PM ET

Billy Wagner is listed at 5:10 but always seemed shorter - but maybe that was because he was so dumb.

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