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08-30-2010, 05:03 AM
... is coming soon to the National League.


<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Hang onto your catcher's mitts, people. They reportedly clocked Cincinnati Reds prospect Aroldis Chapman at 105 mph Friday night.

No, not in a car, driving home from Louisville Slugger Ballpark. Chapman was pitching for the Triple-A Louisville Bats of the International League. And, Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse reports, <span style='font-size: 11pt'>the left-hander threw 105 mph.</span>

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>One-oh-five.</span>

Your first thought might be, "Yeah, right. Did he strike out the Loch Ness Monster on three pitches while he was at it?"

Price, who usually isn't given to hyperbole, tweeted the news.

Via @Ed_Price:
Aroldis Chapman tonight hit <span style='font-size: 17pt'>105 mph</span> and "sat at" 103, with a 90-91 slider. Scout: "best fastball I have ever witnessed"

Do I believe <span style='font-size: 20pt'>105 mph</span>? It seems pretty fantastic, doesn't it?

Hall of Famer Bob Feller, legend has it, once threw a ball 107.9 mph. Feller (right) probably would tell you he did it. But I think they timed him pitching against a speeding motorcycle. By the time the Army got involved clocking Feller after WWII, he was throwing about 99.

It's rare for any pitcher to reach 100 mph; Most top out in the low 90s. Perhaps 95 is considered "really fast" for a major leaguer.

Maybe the Chapman gun was a little hot. And yet, Price says a scout, along with the ballpark scoreboard presumably using another radar device had the same reading.

It wasn't a start; Chapman tossed an inning of perfect relief against the Columbus Clippers. Checking the box score, Chapman threw 16 pitches including 11 strikes and got three swinging strikeouts.
For one inning, a guy who has been clocked at 100 or 101 before could put a few extra feet on his fastball. It's possible.

The question is, do the Reds really want him to be <span style='font-size: 20pt'>throwing 105?</span> The human arm isn't really meant to pitch at all, much less at those speeds. One of these days, Chapman's elbow is liable to fly off his arm doing 45.

Look where Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg(notes) is right now.

Chapman is expected to join the major league pennant race come September. The Reds could use him, but only if he promises to keep it under 100.</div></div>


08-31-2010, 04:19 AM
And he has been called up to the first place Cincinnati Redlegs. I expect that he will pitch tonight.


08-31-2010, 06:31 AM
Thats a pretty dam fast arm.

09-01-2010, 01:52 AM
<span style='font-size: 26pt'><span style='font-family: Arial Black'><u>103 MPH</u></span></span> in the game ... as the Reds stretch their lead to 7 games over the Saint Louis Cardinals.


09-02-2010, 04:03 AM
104 last night, and every fast ball in the last 2 nights has been 100 MPH or faster with the exception of 2. They were clocked at 98 and 99 respectively and in both cases were his first pitch of the night.


09-02-2010, 06:25 AM
Got to be rough on the shoulder.

09-02-2010, 04:30 PM
His mechanics are nearly perfect, very reminiscent of Nolan Ryan who could still break 95 when he was 45.

That is still a very valid concern and the Reds upper management had his shoulder and elbow MRI'ed before signing and the results were that they were both pristine.

Unlike Strassberg (SP?), Dibble, and most flame throwers he gets the speed from long arms that act like a whip as opposed to sheer muscle.