Thursday, April 26, 2012

Chapman's fastball tabbed as one of baseball's best


We've all heard the old age that "speed kills". It's a term/reference used all across the world of sports. You can't teach it, and most of the time you can't beat it either.

CBSSports.com recently put together a list of the top ten base stealers and flame throwers in MLB today. It should come as no surprise that Reds left-hander Aroldis Chapman easily made the cut at no. 2, trailing only last year's AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander.

Here's the quick write-up on Chapman:

In 2010, Chapman threw a pitch at 105 mph, which makes for the highest reading ever. Sure, Chapman is pumping the brakes a bit these days in the service of better command, but the truth remains that he once threw a 105-mph pitch.

The Cuban Missile has been absolutely lights out thus far in 2012. In seven appearances spanning 10.1 IP the southpaw has yet to allow a run, has permitted just three hits, has struckout a whopping 18 batters and is currently tied for the team leads in wins with two.

One player who didn't crack the top ten for batters was Drew Stubbs. That's hard to believe considering old veterans such as Carlos Beltran (STL) and Coco Crisp (OAK) made the list.

You can view how all the speedsters stacked up by visiting this link to the piece.

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