Coming out of high school, Colin Kaepernick was a baseball phenom. He received a slew of scholarship offers from the best baseball programs in the country, but he only received one Division I football offer and he took it — to the University of Nevada. However, he proved he’s still got it on the diamond when he fired an 87-mph fastball as the first pitch of a San Francisco Giants game this past weekend.
As you can see in the video above, Kaepernick’s pitch was not only humming as it approached Giants pitcher Sergio Romo, who was catching — it had movement. Pitches like that would drive the rest of the teams in the NL West nuts if Kaepernick were to double up on his athletic duties and pitch a little for the Giants when he’s not leading the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl.
In fact, the Chicago Cubs picked Kaepernick in the 43rd round of the 2009 MLB Draft, three years after he last played baseball as a high school senior in 2006. So even well after his baseball future was abandoned for football, Kaepernick is still known for his incredible arm as a pitcher, which can be seen on the football field as well with some of his bullet passes. It’s safe to say we may not have seen the last of Kaepernick on the baseball diamond.