Move over Zack Greinke, there is a new eephus specialist in the league.
Texas Rangers third baseman Brock Holt was called on to pitch in Saturday’s 12-3 blowout against the Oakland A’s, and the position player did not even try to see how hard he could light up the radar gun.
Instead, Holt’s first pitch was a high-arching eephus that was recorded at just 31.3 mph. Oh, and it was called for a strike, too.
Holt threw six pitches less than 40 mph, but the 31.3 mph was the slowest. In fact, it was the slowest pitch thrown for a strike that has been recorded by MLB since it started pitch tracking in 2008, according to Sarah Langs of MLB.com.
But Holt did not just throw the eephus. He also fired a 77 mph fastball, too, showing he can put a little more zip on the ball.
Holt also was ready to be checked for sticky stuff, but the umpires decided they didn’t think they needed to check him.