Aroldis Chapman holds the record for the fastest recorded pitch in baseball history, having hit 105.1 in September 2010. He didn’t dial it up quite that hot last night against the Diamondbacks, but he was pretty darn impressive all the same.
Pitching on a couple days rest, Chapman came into a 1-1 game in the bottom of the ninth. He threw 20 pitches overall. Fifteen of them were fastballs. According to Brooks Baseball, his fastballs averaged 102.8. None were under 101.Thirteen of those were strikes. His fastest pitch: 104.6 miles per hour to Paul Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt somehow managed to foul it off, but he ended up striking out anyway. As did the other two batters Chapman faced. Watch his gas here.
Just as impressive, I figure, is that his slider and changeup were both in the low 90s. Who the heck throws a 92 m.p.h. changeup?
After the game Chapman was asked about it. He simply said “It was nothing special, I was just pitching.” Indeed you were, dude.
Blue Jays third base prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. has gotten a lot of press lately and for good reason. He has absolutely torched Double-A pitching so far this season, entering Sunday’s doubleheader batting .407/.456/.676 with seven home runs and 41 RBI in 170 plate appearances.
Guerrero stayed hot, going 4-for-4 in the first game of the doubleheader, ending it in the bottom of the seventh inning — doubleheaders in the minors can be two seven-inning affairs — with a two-run homer.
Guerrero started off the back end of the doubleheader with an RBI single in the first inning, so he’s overall 5-for-5 with four RBI on the day as of this writing. He also now has 21 multi-hit games out of 39 total games this season. Today’s performance marked his second four-hit game; his other one occurred last Wednesday.
MLB Pipeline ranks Guerrero as the No. 1 prospect in the Jays’ system and No. 2 overall in baseball behind the Braves’ Ronald Acuña. The Jays may be forced to summon Guerrero to the big leagues if he keeps hitting like this. In a similar situation, the Nationals promoted hot-hitting 19-year-old outfield prospect Juan Soto earlier today after just 35 plate appearances at Double-A, skipping Triple-A entirely.