Monday, August 30, 2010

105 MPH?!?!?!!?

According to Ed Price, Aroldis Chapman hit 105 MPH this weekend in a relief appearance for the Triple-A Louisville Bats.

Yes, 105 MPH.

... And he was sitting at 103.

Here are a couple tweets from Price:
Aroldis Chapman tonight hit 105 mph and "sat at" 103, with a 90-91 slider. Scout: "best fastball I have ever witnessed"

... scout there had 105. So did scoreboard.
Buster Olney and Peter Gammons reported the same:

Aroldis Chapman just days away from being called up -- and tonight he was clocked at 105 mph while striking out 3 in 9th in Class AAA.
One of best scouts texted from Louisville that Chapman was 98-105 w/ 91 MPH slider and "best velo I've ever seen" Friday night. Hi, Cinci
If that's true it's amazing. It's also worth mentioning that he did strike out all three batters he faced in the inning. And, apparently this is nothing new:
"I will say that's the first time we've seen 105 on the (radar) gun," [Louisville manager Rick] Sweet said. "But we've had scouts tell us that they've gotten 105. So, yes, what you're seeing out of Chapman is what we've seen for the last two weeks."
It's also now being reported that the Reds are going to call him up today or tomorrow so that he's playoff eligible.

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