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

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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.