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Carlos Ruiz's double off Aroldis Chapman was on historic heat

Oct 11, 2010, 1:48 PM EST

Carlos Ruiz doubled on a 103.5-mph fastball from Aroldis Chapman last night and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com notes that it’s the fastest pitch any player has actually gotten a hit on since the Pitch-f/x system began tracking velocity in 2008.
Carlos Gonzalez’s single off Chapman on September 6 had been the record-holder at 102.0 miles per hour, and the next seven spots on the list all belong to pitches thrown by Joel Zumaya.
Zolecki also passes along an interesting tidbit from Society for American Baseball Research member Trent McCotter, who broke down the 19 pitches above 103.0 mph since 2008 as follows:
– 12 balls
– 3 foul strikes
– 2 called strikes
– 1 swinging strike
– 1 put in play
In other words, Ruiz is the only guy to even put a 103-or-higher pitch in play. The lesson? As always, Chooch is the man.

  1. brad lidge's mole - Oct 11, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Carlos Ruiz should take more batting practice.

  2. Buccofan - Oct 11, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Perhaps, but his job is to work with the pitchers and get results there, which he certainly seems to do. With the rest of their lineup, he doesn’t have to be great on offense, just adequate. His hitting isn’t that bad for a catcher, and what offense he provides is enough for the team.

  3. Jonny5 - Oct 11, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Because Chooch is “clutch”. Ardolis Chapman is dangerous. And he is going to hurt someone. His control is bad, who is at that speed? If he tames himself, He’ll be awesome. But as he stands? He’s going to hurt people.

  4. Jonny5 - Oct 11, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Pssst. I think that was sarcasm. Since he’s had the best batting numbers on the team for most of the season.

  5. nps6724 - Oct 11, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Like Chase Utley? :)

  6. JBerardi - Oct 11, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    What do you want to do, ban him for throwing too hard?

  7. Jonny5 - Oct 11, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    No, I want him to throw better, that’s all. Dude, he hit’s 105 when he wants to, in front of Cinci’s juiced radars anyway. If he took some off and threw with more accuracy, well then I’d really be impressed. Until he does that he’s going to hurt opposing batters,and hurt his teams chances of winning.

  8. scatterbrian - Oct 11, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    12 balls were out of the zone, so one pitch out of seven over the last three seasons? meh…

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