In case you haven't heard, one of the guys Mike Rizzo traded Josh Willingham to the A's for has a reputation for his power-arm. Henry Rodriguez throws gas. From the official Nats press release:
The hard-throwing right-hander ranked fourth in the big leagues last season with an average fastball velocity of 98.45 miles per hour, after his 98.96 mph average in 2009 trailed only Detroit’s Joel Zumaya (99.19 mph). Rodriguez touched 103.2 mph on the gun in 2010, a high that was topped only by Cincinnati’s Aroldis Chapman (105.1 mph) and Texas’ Neftali Feliz (103.4 mph).
(via Nationals press release, 12/17/2010)
In the above video clip, watch as Henry Rodriguez blows three straight 100 MPH fastballs by a fellow prospect during the 2008 All-Star Futures Game at Yankee Stadium.
Meanwhile...Chien-Ming Wang is back on another incentive-laden deal with the Nats. At worst, Wang will have another opportunity to improve his golf game on Ted Lerner's dime.