Facing Aroldis Chapman

ESPN.com posted this video a couple weeks ago, providing a sort of umpire’s perspective on the pitches of Aroldis Chapman.  I have to confess that I was a tad underwhelmed the first time I watched it.  However, when I imagine trying to actually swing at these pitches, I realize just how hard he really can throw a baseball.  It’s pretty impressive, really.

http://www.espn.com/core/video/iframe?id=18691186&endcard=false


Infographic: Hitting the fastball

How hard is it to hit a 95 MPH fastball?  It’s definitely not easy, that’s for sure.  Here’s a pretty sweet infographic from Phoenix Bats that breaks the process down for us.