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In fact, Chapman has thrown 17 of the 20 fastest pitches recorded by Pitch F/X since 2008, according to Goldbeck. Four of those heaters came during Gwynn’s seven-pitch at-bat, which ended in a strikeout. Two others were thrown by Chapman that same night against other Padres.
I don't think there are any good general rules for pitcher. Beyond of course, expect an injury.
Then I thought, "Why can't I have money for nothing, and chicks for free?"
Also, why the heck would Chapman throw FOUR 100+ MPH heaters to Tony Gwynn Jr?
#1 And yet pure power pitchers (think Nolan Ryan or Randy Johnson) are often among the most durable. But then Roger Pavlick for instance broke very early.
It's especially unfair because I've been banging on those bongos like it's my best.
When I throw a ball as hard as possible, the radar gun in the concourse game says something like "58". Of course, there's no mound and that's a factor, but still ... what these guys do (with control to varying degrees) is amazing.
Don't know if they've fixed it but as of ~10 years ago those carnival guns read comically low--I personally saw a minor league pitcher who the scouts' guns had in the high 80s measure in the mid-high 70s on one, and many high school pitchers who must have pitched at least in the high 70s/low 80s struggle to crack 70 on them.
When I throw a ball as hard as possible, my fingers get tingly and numb. Does that happen to pitchers all the time?
58, 65, impressive. I think in my 20s I could have thrown a ball about 30 mph and gotten it within ten feet either side of the plate in 2 or 3 bounces.
Can't speak for Matt Harvey, but when I was 24 I would do whatever the hell I pleased and rationalize as much as necessary until convinced I knew what was best for myself and everyone around me warning me I was about to do something stupid could get bent.
When I throw a ball as hard as possible, my fingers get tingly and numb.....When I throw a ball as hard as possible, the radar gun in the concourse game says something like "58".....I've gotten up to 65....My best reading on one of those guns was 71,....At my youthful peak I could touch the mid-80s... I could pitch in the 80s too, but my arm hurt all the time....
25. Matt Harvey, RHP, Mets.
Harvey was a bit of a risk as a first round pick who didn't shine until his final year of college, when he was great, but also abused, including one complete game in which he threw 157 pitches. He showed no ill effects in his full-season debut, maintaining his mid-90s fastball throughout the season and reaching Double-A.
Harvey was the seventh overall pick in the 2010 draft, but there certainly were some risks involved, as he did not live up to expectations in college until his junior year, and North Carolina worked him at a disturbing level. None of those factors came into play in his full-season debut. He stayed healthy, dominated the Florida State League, and was making adjustments at Double-A when the season came to an end...
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