Scotty McCreery: 'American Idol' winner and...all-star pitcher?

By Farah Casalini,
Not only can the 17-year-old sing, but he can throw a pretty good fastball, too.
Scotty McCreery, winner of the 10th season of "American Idol," poses backstage in Los Angeles May 25, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

American Idol winner, Scott McCreery, has more than a soothing, deep voice and a chart-topping single. He also has a killer fastball.

Before McCreery, 17, won one of America’s most well-known competitions, he was a pitcher for Garner’s junior varsity baseball team. And his talent did not go unnoticed.

FoxSportsCarolinas.com told its readers that McCreery throws a 75 mph fastball and can field groundballs when needed most.

Derek Goffena, the high school varsity baseball coach, was anxiously awaiting McCreery’s return to the mound and left a spot open in the bullpen for him.

"He would have definitely helped us this year,” Goffena told examiner.com. "He was the top junior varsity pitcher a year ago and would have been a good high school pitcher. He is a great kid and a real good teammate."

McCreery had a record of 4-0 with a 3.2 ERA during his freshman year and a record of 6-1 with a 1.08 ERA his sophomore year.

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