Cole Lilore’s Trip to 90 mph

Ciaran Kelly

Throwing a baseball at 90 mph involves the transfer of energy from the pitcher’s body to the baseball through the motion of throwing. The following factors play a role in the physics of throwing a baseball at 90 mph: Kinetic Energy – the pitcher’s body stores potential energy before throwing, which is then converted into kinetic energy as the baseball is released. Force: The force applied by the pitcher’s arm is a crucial factor in determining the speed of the baseball. The amount of force generated is a function of the pitcher’s muscle strength, body weight, and arm speed. Arm Speed: The speed of the pitcher’s arm directly affects the speed of the baseball. The faster the arm moves, the faster the baseball will travel. Momentum: the momentum of the pitcher’s arm, body, and baseball all contribute to the speed of the thrown baseball. Trajectory: the trajectory of the thrown baseball also affects its speed; a low trajectory results in less air resistance, which means the baseball will travel faster. Overall, throwing a 90 mph fastball requires a combination of factors – including strength, arm speed, proper mechanics, and proper release point. Cole has recently topped out at 88 mph and hits 85 consistently so it is only a matter of time before he can throw 90+. His 6”2’ frame and strength will allow him to eventually hit 90+. Cole is looking to be a top pitcher in the state and he will most definitely help this elite pitching staff here at Oratory.