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Chapman reportedly hits 105 on radar gun

Posted on: August 28, 2010 3:52 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2010 8:12 pm
 
Aroldis Chapman
There's already plenty of excitement in Cincinnati -- and in baseball circles -- about the impending arrival of Cuban sensation Aroldis Chapman in the major leagues on September 1. Recent reports have ratcheted that excitement up a step.

Chapman, who has flourished since being moved to the bullpen, allegedly hit 105 mph on the radar gun Friday night for Triple-A Louisville. Yes, 105.

It's one thing for a minor-league team to report that -- things like this draw fans, and in-stadium radar guns are generally not to be relied upon. But MLB Network's Peter Gammons said (via Twitter ) a top scout who was at the game (and most likely had his own gun on the left-hander) told him Chapman was throwing 98-105 with his fastball and adding a 91-mph slider. The scout said he had the "best velo [velocity] I've ever seen."

There are no official records kept for pitch speeds, and if you ask about the fastest pitch ever, you get a million different answers and anecdotes that can't be proven accurate. It's a rich subject for tall tales. You can read some background on the history of some of these stories through baseball-almanac.com.

No matter the exact number, it's obvious the 22-year-old has some seriously dominating stuff. Until the inevitable day his arm snaps off, he's going to be fun to watch

-- David Andriesen

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Chapman reportedly hits 105 on radar gun

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Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2010 7:14 pm
 

Chapman reportedly hits 105 on radar gun

"Ever since Strasburg broke onto the scene, he has been criticized by some for his "Inverted W" pitching motion and poor timing. After the news today, it appears those critics had a point."  Bleacherreport.com

and:

"A noted arm mechanic named Dick Mills, the Dalai Lama of the momentum delivery, was among the first to issue the Strasburg Warning."Just because a pitcher throws with high velocity," the former Red Sox journeyman wrote, "should we ignore his pitching mechanics and the possibility of an arm injury? . . ."Stephen Strasburg has some flaws in his mechanics that could lead to a shoulder and/or elbow injury . . . "

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Oh and how about...

"Imperfect pitching mechanics are the only reservation I have about Stephen Strasburg's long-term potential. "


 And that last one was an artice done in 2009 simply talking about Stephen as a future MLB prospect. I also want to add that the article glowed about him because he is an outstanding pitcher but still realized that his mechanics suggested a shorter career as a starter and potential problems. Those are just three of many more but I think you have your foot pressed firmly enough in your mouth.

So thats part of my response to your, " Oh please show me that article". I find it hilarious that someone who acts like such a horses a$% didn't even take the time to simply Google " Strasburg,poor mechanics". Geez and you get upset that I called you "brainiac"?  Who was getting all self-righteous. I was simply pointing out what I saw could be a difference between the two pitchers and you get on here suggesting I'm trying to say i'm an expert. I didn't claim to be. In fact I said that I had simply read it.  I think it's pretty funny that someone of your vast baseball knowledge would be completely blindsided by the fact that people had questioned his mechanics before. Then you prove how great your grasp on the game is even more by saying that they must have expert motiong since their in the Majors. Wow. Do you teach a class on baseball because I want to sign up.



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Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2010 9:41 am
 

Chapman reportedly hits 105 on radar gun

No one said it wasn't harder on your arm brainiac. You're creating an argument with yourself so by all means indulge yourself. And yes Strasburg's mechanics have been talked about several times  even before his injury. Google it. Poor mechanics combined with the extra stress that you intelligently pointed out to us novices would definately be a big reason why his arm would give out. Geez


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Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2010 6:05 pm
 

Chapman reportedly hits 105 on radar gun

What I'm surprised no one on here has mentioned yet is that Stephen Strasburg and many of the other pitchers that throw high velocity and snap that ligament have poor throwing mechanics. Strasburg is a good example of that. They have been saying for a while now that his delivery was putting stress on that arm. There was some article that featured some doctor or expert long before stephen's injury and he basically predicted Strasburg needing tommy john surgery in his career due to his throwing motion. To me that is a big difference that I see between him and Aroldis Chapman. If you've ever seen Chapman pitch, it's a very fluid and almost effortless motion. He doesn't seem to even be throwing that hard. According to a lot of people watching Chapman with a magnifying glass, Chapman has very good delivery and solid mechanics. To me that sets this kid apart from your classic young cannoned armed rookie that lets his testosterone fuel his pitches.

I don't think this kid is the next Nolan Ryan but I'm not going to say he's doomed before even throwing a major league pitch. I think people that say that are basically hoping he fails because they are sad sack fans that love company in their misery. It's like when your neighbor pulls up in a brand new ferrari and you start babbling about how bad the gas mileage will be.



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2010 3:04 pm
 

Chapman reportedly hits 105 on radar gun

Someone on here put the names of Steve Carlton and Tom Seaver in a "group" of pitchers that could throw 100 mph. That is absolutely NOT the case. mid-90's what the tip top for these guys, when they were young. They had ridiculously good breaking stuff to go with their fastballs. THAT'S what makes a HOF starter. Kids who can throw it 100 mph come and go every year in the majors. It's fun to watch, but there's no shelf life for almost all of them.


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