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Aroldis Chapman’s fastball could make some history

Aug 31, 2014, 9:35 PM EST

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MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon notes that, since the introduction of Pitch F/X in 2006, no pitcher has ever finished a season averaging 100 MPH on his fastball. Chapman, however, currently sits with a 100.3 MPH average and could be the first to make it to the finish line with triple digits if he can keep it up for one more month.

It gets more astounding. From Sheldon:

According to BaseballSavant.com, there have been 14 Major League pitchers who have reached 100 mph this season on a combined 469 pitches. Entering Sunday, Chapman had thrown 325 of those pitches. He had thrown 767 pitches over 43 appearances, meaning 42 percent of his total pitches have been 100 mph or higher.

Not only that, but among qualified relievers, Chapman is lapping the competition in strikeout rate. His 52.1 percent K-rate is nearly 11 percent higher than that of noted flamethrower Craig Kimbrel in second place and 11.5 percent higher than Andrew Miller in third place.

Chapman, who missed the first six weeks of the season after being struck in the head with a Salvador Perez line drive late in spring training, owns a 2.44 ERA with a 87/19 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings. He’s 29-for-31 in save opportunities.

  1. jayyy1985 - Aug 31, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Give um the heater

  2. spyder9669 - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    His arm is gonna look like Rick James after after Eddie and Charlie Murphy got done whipping his legs.

  3. ch0psuey - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Remember his 105mph heater in San Diego. Can’t remember what Padre is was against however.

  4. Mikhel - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Was it a 105 mph in San Diego? If its the same I remember for a record of fastest recorded speed, it was against Adrián González.

  5. aceshigh11 - Sep 1, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    This dude is a freak of nature…unreal power. I fear it’ll catch up to him eventually.

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  7. sportsfan18 - Sep 1, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Looks like being a reliever is best for him too…

    No way he could throw that many pitches in 7 or 8 innings every 5th day…

    Obviously he’ll throw much fewer pitches and innings as a reliever and hopefully he lasts without blowing out his elbow, shoulder etc…

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