Detroit Tigers reliever Gregory Soto throws one of the highest pitches you’ll ever see

Statcast says pitch was 9.21 feet above ground

Gregory Soto #65 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Comerica Park on July 31, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Reds 7-2. (MLB Photos via Getty Images)

DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers committed a comedy of errors in Monday’s blowout loss to the Twins, but none was more memorable than Gregory Soto throwing a pitch more than nine feet above the plate.

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Soto came in for the top of the eighth inning with the Tigers trailing 15-1. His first pitch to Miguel Sano legitimately looked like a center fielder trying to gun down a runner at home plate. Take a look for yourself:

According to Statcast, the pitch was 9.21 feet above the ground when it crossed home plate.

Jason Beck, of MLB.com, said that’s the fifth-highest pitch of the pitch-tracking era. The record is 10.92 feet high by Fernando Rodney, which somehow is not at all surprising.

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Shoot for the stars, Gregory, that record is well within your reach!

Anyways, Soto ended up retiring Sano and pitched around a walk and a single for a scoreless inning. Overall, it was a win for Soto, because most of the other innings were not scoreless.


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