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Levi Brown to do some pitching

Posted by Chris Brown on May 20, 2010 – 1:39 pm

Bills rookie QB Levi Brown will try his hand at pitching Friday night.

Brown is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at the Bisons game against the Charlotte Knights at 7:05 pm. The Troy University product admitted he hasn’t thrown a baseball in a while.

“That ball is so small,” Brown told chuckling. “I may need a bullpen session beforehand.”

Brown throws a football around 60 miles per hour. They measure ball speed every year at the NFL combine.

“I think there was a handful of quarterbacks in the low to mid-60’s this year,” said Brown. “I think I was in the low 60’s.”

That’s a pretty high speed for a football, though it’s hard to say what it would translate to with a baseball. Brown did play baseball as a youngster, but despite his arm strength he wasn’t a pitcher.

“I was a catcher,” said Brown. “That’s why I’ve got such a quick release when I throw a football. It’s from being a catcher. I don’t bring the ball all the way back because I’m used to hopping up and getting it down to second.”

Brown said he fared pretty well throwing out base stealers at second base.

“I did alright,” he said. “I’d be picking guys off first too.”

So while throwing off the mound might be a bit new to Brown, at least he’ll recognize the sign from the catcher.

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