Chapman hits 105 -- for real
Posted on: September 25, 2010 12:40 pm
This is not a matter of a "hot" radar gun, or an overzealous scouting report, or an urban legend. Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman hit 105.1 mph Friday night, the fastest major-league pitch ever legitimately recorded.
Baseball doesn't keep pitch speed as an official statistic, but it does employ a consistent, high-tech system in ballparks that uses trangulation to capture pitch velocity and movement. You can see the Pitch F/X report for Chapman's outing here.
The young Cuban threw 25 pitches, all but two of them over 100 mph (you have to occasionally mix in that 99.6-mph changeup just to keep hitters off balance, right?). He entered the game against the Padres with two out in the seventh inning to face Adrian Gonzalez, who swung and missed at three pitches: 101, 102 and 103.
The 105-mph pitch (shown in this photo) was a ball, thrown with a 1-2 count on Tony Gwynn, who would strike out. He pitched a scoreless 1 1/3 innings, and in his first 11 career appearances has a 1.86 ERA and has struck out batters at a rate of 12.1 per nine innings.
-- David Andriesen
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