Minnesota Twins’ Joan Duran, 25, has thrown the fastest ball of the year.
“Duran hit 104 miles per hour (167.4 kilometres per hour) with his speed gun for the first time this year,” MLB.com, the official site of Major League Baseball, reported on 26 June.
Duran pitched ⅔ of an inning in relief against the San Francisco Giants on 25 May at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, striking out two and walking none. Minnesota won 7-1.
Entering the game in the top of the ninth inning, Duran struck out the first batter he faced, Blake Sabol. He then faced the second batter, Wilmer Flores, with two strikes and threw a 104.6-mph (168.3-kilometre) fastball.먹튀검증
It was the fastest pitch of the game and the fastest pitch in the majors this year. However, Flores fouled it off and eventually threw a 90.3 mph (145.3 km) curveball four pitches later for a double. With two on and two out, Duran struck out the final batter, Casey Schmidt, to end the game.
MLB.com wrote, “Duran, who throws a fiery fastball, topped 104 mph three times on the day. His fastball topped out at 104.6 mph and touched 104 mph on his final strikeout to end the game.”
Duran’s 104.6 mph was the fastest fastball thrown in the major leagues this season. The previous records were 103.8 mph (167.0 km/h) thrown by Jordan Hicks (St. Louis) on 31 March and Aroldis Chapman on 17 May.
MLB.com noted, “Duran is the eighth pitcher to throw 104 mph or more since the pitch tracking system was introduced in 2008. Duran, Chapman and Hicks are the only pitchers to have thrown 104 mph multiple times in a game. Duran, Chapman, Hicks and Mauricio Cabrera are the only pitchers to have thrown 104 mph and recorded a strikeout.”