After the White Sox made Aaron Poreda the No. 25 overall pick in the draft last June, the lefthander went out and dominated the Rookie-level Pioneer League, flashing a mid-90s fastball that touched 100 mph for Great Falls.
"They have this jumbo radar gun when we were in Casper (Wyo.), and people were telling me I hit it once or twice," Poreda said. "You try not to focus on it. It’s a nice accomplishment and something to look highly upon. But in the end, it really doesn’t matter."
Poreda realizes the lack of a sharp second pitch was one of the reasons why he wasn’t drafted higher last summer.
"Everyone has been ragging me since the draft on secondary pitches," Poreda said. "I always try to improve upon them. I never think they’re going to be as good as my fastball in the majors or wherever I’m at.
"I’m always going to be throwing between 70 to 90 percent fastballs. That’s my thing. But I feel my secondary stuff is good enough."
Poreda is one of hardest throwers in the minors and the hardest-throwing lefty, but his low three-quarters arm slot has contributed to his inability to spin a quality breaking ball. He leaned heavily on his fastball last year, when he had a 1.12 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 10 walks in 46 1/3 innings.