MLB Daily Heat Check: Tuesday, August 4

heatIndexHere you’ll find information regarding the pitchers that light up the radar gun each and every night. I’ve listed for both starters and relievers the top five by average velocity and the pitchers that threw the hardest single pitch. It doesn’t equate to quality of an outing or take into consideration the end result of the pitch (sometimes really, really good fastballs go a long way), but it’s fun.

Pitcher Name Team Pitch Type Avg. Start Speed (mph)
Garrett Richards Angels FF / FC / FT 95.66 / 95.65 / 95.57
David Price Blue Jays FT 95.05
Mike Foltynewicz Braves FF / FT 94.9 / 94.3
Lance McCullers Astros FF 94.8
Eddie Butler Rockies FF 94.6

Starters Top Five Fastballs by Average (MPH)

Finally we have a day where the leaderboard wasn’t dominated by one name. Mike Foltynewicz holds the top two spots with a fastball coming in at 98.4 and 97.7 while Garrett Richards threw the third hardest pitch at 97.5. David Price in his Toronto debut delivered a blistering fastball, reaching the lofty heights of 97.4 and the Astros Lance McCullers made the top 10 with a fastball reaching 97.3.

The relievers are listed below:

Pitcher Name Team Pitch Type Start Speed
Brian Ellington Marlins FF 97.2
Sam Dyson Marlins FF / FT 97.1 / 96.3
Hunter Strickland Giants FF 96.8
Corey Knebel Brewers FF 96.4
Arodys Vizcaino Cubs FT 96.1

Relievers Top Five Fastballs by Average (MPH)

Brian Ellington made his major league debut last night against the Mets, and he tops our list in the morning. Hooray! Ellington reached 98.3 with his fourseamer, while Sam Dyson (there were a lot of relievers used by Miami) and Hunter Strickland reached speeds just a notch below at 98.2 and 98.1 respectively. We also have a Jake Petricka sighting at seven with a two-seamer coming in at 97.8.


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