The hardest-throwing pitchers in MLB (2024)

Pitchers have never thrown harder than they do in modern baseball, where radar gun readings now hit triple digits regularly. These are the hardest throwing pitchers in MLB during the 2022 season, based on average fastball velocity according to Fangraphs.com.

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1. Jhoan Duran, RP, Twins

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Duran is the only pitcher in MLB averaging better than 100 mph on his fastball, and he's been a dominant reliever for Minnesota. He has a 2.81 ERA and 36/4 K/BB in 25.2 innings with four saves.

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2. Brusdar Graterol, RP, Dodgers

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Graterol continues to throw screaming sinkers, averaging 99.8 mph. He's still struggled to miss bats with only 22 strikeouts in 26.1 innings, and has a 4.44 ERA, as a result.

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3. Emmanuel Clase, RP, Guardians

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Clase has emerged as an elite closer with his 99.7 mph sinker. The Guardians reliever has 10 saves with a 1.93 ERA and 27/4 K/BB in 23.1 innings.

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4. Andres Munoz, RP, Mariners

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Returning from Tommy John surgery this season, Munoz has struggled in spite of his great stuff. He has a 5.31 ERA in 22 appearances but has a fastball averaging 99.7 mph.

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5. Ryan Helsley, RP, Cardinals

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Helsley has added velocity this season, averaging 99.0 mph, and is flashing as a part-time closer in St. Louis. He has an elite 0.39 ERA and 32/6 K/BB in 23.1 innings with four saves.

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6. Jordan Hicks, SP, Cardinals

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A former closer, Hicks served as a starting pitcher for the Cardinals before he went on the injured list with an arm injury. The lengthier role didn't stop him from averaging 98.8 mph on his fastball, but he had a 5.02 ERA with 20 walks in 28.2 innings.

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7. Jose Alvarado, RP, Phillies

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Alvarado's poor control got the best of him this season, with a 7.62 ERA over 13 innings due in part to 10 walks. The lefty still showed off elite velocity, averaging 98.8 mph on his fastball.

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8. Edwin Diaz, RP, Mets

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Diaz continues to be one of the game's best closers, with 11 saves with a 2.28 ERA in 23.2 innings. His fastball has averaged 98.7 mph this season, and Diaz has fanned 43 batters.

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9. Camilo Doval, RP, Giants

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Doval continues to fill in nicely as San Francisco's closer, with a 2.92 ERA and eight saves over 24.2 innings. He's brought the heat with a fastball averaging 98.7 mph.

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10. Ryne Stanek, RP, Astros

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Stanek has performed well in a middle relief role for Houston. His fastball has averaged 98.7 mph, and he has a 0.95 ERA in 19 innings.

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11. Hunter Greene, SP, Reds

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Greene's velocity has been somewhat inconsistent in his rookie campaign, averaging triple digits in some starts and significantly less velocity in others. He has a 5.40 ERA despite 72 strikeouts in 55 innings, averaging 98.5 mph with his fastball.

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12. Spencer Strider, SP, Braves

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Strider spent the start of the season in Atlanta's bullpen before shifting to the starting rotation and has averaged 98.4 mph on his fastball. The rookie has done a great job overall, with a 2.35 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 38.1 innings.

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13. Felix Bautista, RP, Orioles

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Bautista looks like a closer of the future for the Orioles, with a 98.3 mph fastball plus slider and splitter. He has a 1.88 ERA in 24 appearances.

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14. Gregory Soto, RP, Tigers

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Soto has been lights out as Detroit's closer this season, posting a 1.71 ERA in 21 innings. The lefty's fastball has averaged 98.2 mph.

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15. Miguel Castro, RP, Yankees

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Castro has thrown more sliders than fastballs, but his fastball is still averaged 98 mph. He has a 3.06 ERA in 17.2 innings for the Yankees.

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16. Anthony Bender, RP, Marlins

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Bender has served as Miami's closer when healthy, averaging 98 mph. He's currently on the injured list but posted a 4.50 ERA in 16 appearances.

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17. Bryan Abreu, RP, Astros

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Abreu has been a significant part of Houston's dominant bullpen with a 2.59 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 24.1 innings. His fastball has averaged 97.9 mph.

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18. Luis Garcia, RP, Padres

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Not to be confused by the Astros starting pitcher with the same name, Garcia added velocity last year and hasn't looked bad. He's averaging 97.9 mph on his fastball with a 2.53 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 21.1 innings.

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19. Daniel Bard, RP, Rockies

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Bard has performed well as Colorado's closer, with a 2.31 ERA and 12 saves over 22 appearances. The 37-year-old is still throwing bullets, averaging 97.8 mph on his fastball.

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20. Jorge Lopez, RP, Orioles

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Lopez has ascended to the closer role for the O's, averaging 97.8 mph. He has a 0.96 ERA in 24 appearances with seven saves.

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21. Gerrit Cole, SP, Yankees

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The Yankees ace continues to roll this season. He has a 3.63 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 67 innings, with an average fastball of 97.7 mph.

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22. Liam Hendriks, RP, White Sox

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Hendriks is one of the game's best and highest-paid closers. He's averaged 97.7 mph, posting a 2.81 ERA in 25.2 innings and leading the AL with 16 saves.

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23. Sandy Alcantara, SP, Marlins

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Alcantara has been a true power pitcher and workhorse for the Marlins. His fastball has averaged 97.7 mph, and he leads the NL with 83.2 innings. Alcantara also has a 1.61 ERA and 77 strikeouts.

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24. Jonathan Loaisiga, RP, Yankees

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Loaisiga's velocity has dropped to 97.6 mph this season, and it's possible he had an arm injury. He had a 7.02 ERA in 16.2 innings before going on the injured list.

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25. Dylan Coleman, RP, Royals

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Coleman hasn't seen many late-inning opportunities, but he's still shown elite velocity averaging 97.6 mph. He has a 3.57 ERA in 22.2 innings but has also walked 19 batters.

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FAQs

Who has the hardest thrown baseball in the MLB? ›

Aroldis Chapman officially holds the Guinness World Record for fastest baseball pitch with a 105.8 mph fastball. On Sept. 24, 2010, the Cincinnati Reds' pitcher set the record with a high-velocity pitch against the San Diego Padres.

Is it possible to throw 110 mph? ›

3rd rank prospect and a solid right hander. But in a workout facility in Texas, could they have ever imagined this? That's Michael Kopeck. throwing a 110 mile per hour fastball.

Has anyone ever thrown 110? ›

"Right before I threw it -- I had thrown one that was 106 -- he said, 'You haven't done anything yet unless you throw 110,'" Kopech said. "I didn't even say anything back -- I just stepped up and threw it. They kind of cut the rest of the video, but me and him were talking a little smack and going back and forth."

What pitchers can throw 100 mph? ›

Several MLB players have showcased their impressive pitching skills by throwing pitches at speeds exceeding 100 mph (160 km/h). While the exact number may change as new talents emerge, notable pitchers renowned for their triple-digit fastballs include Aroldis Chapman, Jordan Hicks, and Gerrit Cole.

What is the fastest pitch in MLB history? ›

Chapman currently has the record for the fastest recorded pitch speed in MLB history, at 105.1 miles per hour (169.1 km/h), as well as the Guinness World Record for fastest baseball pitch.

What was Randy Johnson's fastest pitch? ›

The statistic states that Randy Johnson, a well-known left-handed pitcher, holds the record for the fastest pitch ever thrown by a left-handed pitcher at 102 miles per hour.

Can anyone throw a baseball 90 mph? ›

You can do it if you have excellent control and a couple of breaking pitches to keep people from sitting on the fastball. It's significantly harder than if your fastball is 95–97, but it's possible.

What is the rarest in baseball? ›

Bill Wambsganss executed an unassisted triple play in the 1920 World Series. The rarest type of triple play, and one of the rarest events of any kind in baseball, is for a single fielder to complete all three outs in one play.

Who threw 107 mph pitch? ›

Thus, tales of Nolan Ryan's 108.1 mph fastball in 1974 or Bob Feller's 107.6 mph pitch in 1946 remain unofficial. After spending multiple seasons with the New York Yankees, Chapman recently finalized a one-year deal with the Kansas City Royals for the 2023 season.

Can a 12 year old throw 90 mph? ›

A 12-year-old's fastball is around 50-60 mph on average, but it's not uncommon to see a pitcher throw around 70 mph, especially as they approach puberty and have physical growth spurts.

How fast to throw 300 feet? ›

I've found that pitchers who can get out to 300 feet throw in the 88mph range, those who can get out to 330 feet may push the low 90's and those who can get out to 350 feet are typically in the 93-98 mph range.

How fast can a human arm throw a baseball? ›

Professional baseball pitchers and cricket bowlers are capable of throwing a ball more than 90 miles-per-hour, over and over again throughout the course of a game. Even 12-13 year old Little League pitchers routinely throw 60-70 mph!

How fast can a human throw? ›

Human athletes can achieve throwing speeds close to 145 km/h (90 mph), far in excess of the maximal speed attainable by chimpanzees, at about 30 km/h (19 mph). This ability reflects the ability of the human shoulder muscles and tendons to store elasticity until it is needed to propel an object.

How hard should a 17 year old pitcher throw? ›

How hard should a 17-year-old throw? Most 17-year-old players are high school juniors with 3 years of high school and 3-4 years of travel ball experience behind them. Junior year is a big recruiting year for college coaches. Average players often throw in the upper 70s and low 80s.

Do heavier pitchers throw harder? ›

Therefore, hypothetically, a heavier pitcher would be able to create greater momentum of his body/arm, which can then be applied to the baseball. These equations seem to suggest that if an athlete were to gain weight, and still move at the same speed, he would have more momentum and move the ball faster.

Do MLB pitchers throw harder now? ›

As this chart shows, pitchers who can throw 100 have doubled since 2019 and tripled since '18. On April 22, Gregory Santos threw the fastest and second-fastest pitches recorded by a White Sox pitcher, 102.3 mph and 103.1 mph—five months after he was designated for assignment.

What is the farthest throw with a baseball? ›

Glen Edward Gorbous (b. Canada, 8 Jul 1930) threw 135.88m 445ft 10in on August 1, 1957.

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