Webb hits 84 MPH in second instructional league appearance

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Brandon Webb might be making progress.

According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, the impending free agent hit 84 MPH with his fastball in a second instructional league appearance Saturday.  He hit just 81 MPH in his first appearance earlier this week and showed an ineffective curveball.

Webb hasn’t thrown a pitch in a major league game since the first week of the 2009 season but is hoping to find a one-year deal this winter that will help him revitalize his career.

The Nationals are keeping an eye on him, as are a few other teams.  But he threw his sinking fastball on 71% of his deliveries back in 2008 and needs at least some velocity for it to be an effective pitch.