Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Taney Dragons ace Mo’ne Davis, who captured the nation’s attention with her amazing pitching in the Little League World Series, has been described as special by a renowned physician.
Davis had already pitched one shutout in the tournament. She throws with a fluid motion — and she throws hard, her fastball topping out at more than 70 miles an hour.
From just 46 feet, Davis’ heater is the equivalent of a pitch with a velocity in the low 90s on a big-league diamond.
“She’s pretty special,” said Dr. Jeremy Ng, a sports and performance medicine physician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Ng said Davis possesses the mental and physical gifts but one of her advantages may come as something of a surprise: her sex.
According to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, players in the tournament range from ages 11 to 13, a time of enormous change — the onset of adolescence and all the physical transformations that follow.
However, not all change is equal, and girls generally get a two-year head start with their growth spurts. The average 12-year-old girl is slightly taller and weighs more than the average 12-year-old boy.
Davis turned 13 two months ago, and her physical gifts are apparent every time she delivers a pitch. At 5-4 inches, Davis is more than 3 inches taller than the average 12-year-old boy.
Davis’ height would put her in the 50th percentile of 18-year-old women. Being tall and lean for her age allows her to generate additional velocity on her pitches.
Davis also appears to have good flexibility in her shoulder, a likely product of throwing overhand from an early age.
“That’s what makes what she’s doing even more remarkable,” Ng said. “She’s facing many boys who have had a similar developmental advantage. And she’s striking them out.”
Davis, despite her talent on the diamond, has expressed an interest in playing college basketball at Connecticut.