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.
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.