Part of what makes baseball great is that people enjoy and admire teams and players beyond the box score.
Yes, we all want our team to win and our favorite players to produce, but raw tools are exciting, too: we like to see Trea Turner and Corbin Carroll run and steal bases, we love to watch Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton hit 460-feet home runs, and we thoroughly enjoy watching Luis Arraez hit lasers to the opposite field for a base hit.
Fans also enjoy a good ol’ cannon for a throwing arm.
Milwaukee Brewers outfield prospect Joey Wiemer just made his introduction to fans that hadn’t heard of him.
Look at this outfield assist.
No step behind, almost flat-footed.
That’s Joey Wiemer’s 70 grade arm right there.
— Shawn Spradling (@Shawn_Spradling) April 3, 2023
Sure, it was a slow runner but the sheer arm strength here is unbelievable.
As Shawn Spradling says in the tweet above, the throw was almost exclusively arm: there was no loading, no weight transfer from the support leg to the lead leg.
It was, like he says, his 70-grade arm strength.
Scouts use a 20-80 scale to measure tools.
50 is considered league average, 60 is really good, and 70 is excellent.
80 would be elite, or top of the league.
We would love to watch a max-effort throw from Wiemer, who is a top-ten prospect in the Brewers system making his big league debut.
He has solid power and excellent speed, too, but some contact issues evidenced by his 30.2 percent strikeout rate in Double-A last year, over 374 trips to the plate.
He trimmed that rate to a much more palatable 19.5 percent in 174 Triple-A plate appearances.
If he can make consistent contact, he could be a 20-20 player in MLB.
That arm gives him a nice weapon, too.NEXT: Corbin Burnes Is Officially Seeking Major Money