Aroldis Chapman offically topped out at 102.7 miles per hour

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During his much-anticipated debut last night the radar gun used for the Reds’ television broadcast clocked Aroldis Chapman at 102 and 103 miles per hour on back-to-back pitches, and amazingly the gun wasn’t even “hot.”
MLB.com has released the official PitchF/X data and Chapman topped out at 102.7 mph, which ties him with two different Joel Zumaya pitches from last season for the highest velocity ever recorded by the three-year-old system.
Chapman averaged 100.3 mph on the six fastballs he threw, which is insane. To put that in some context, before going down with a season-ending elbow injury Zumaya posted the highest average fastball velocity in baseball this year at 99.3 mph. Henry Rodriguez is second at 98.3 mph, followed by Daniel Bard at 97.9 and Stephen Strasburg at 97.3. No one else averages above 97 mph.
Wow.

Cubs sign sinkerballer Steve Cishek

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cubs have signed reliever Steve Cishek. No details about the deal are known yet. For what it’s worth, most relievers are signing two-year deals so far this winter and Cishek’s last deal was a two-year pact.

Cishek, 31-year-old sidearmer who throws a surprisingly fast sinkerball, posted a 2.01 ERA and a 41/14 K/BB ratio and allowed just 26 hits in 44.2 innings between the Mariners and Rays last season. He saved 25 games for the M’s in 2016. Last year he missed the first month and a half of the season following hip surgery, but seemed pretty healthy later in the year.

A nice pickup for Chicago.