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Fastballs in NPB

by Patrick Newman (Jun 25, 2010)

Was playing around with the ol’ db and wrote a quick query to pull out average fastball velocities this season in Japan. These are exceedingly simple lists; I didn’t filter by number of pitches thrown or anything like that.

Here are the 15 fastest averages:

Juan Morillo95.32
Eulogio de la Cruz95.21
Marc Kroon94.78
Takahiro Mahara93.98
Brian Falkenborg93.63
Kyuji Fujikawa93.11
Brian Wolfe93.07
Takuya Asao93.01
Shun Yamaguchi92.88
Jon Leicester92.41
Tatsuya Uchi92.17
Tomoyuki Kubota92.14
Yao-Hsun Yang92.14
Chang Yong Lim92.00

No surprises here, mostly relievers and many foreign pitchers, though I didn’t expect to see Wolfe. Morillo, de la Cruz, Uchi and Yang have all thrown very few innings so take their appearance on this list with a grain of salt for each.

And here are 15 slowest:

Atsushi Kizuka83.89
Masato Nakazawa83.72
Hironori Matsunaga83.71
Kazuhito Tadano83.71
Tomoya Yagi83.69
Shoto Takekuma83.66
Koji Hiroike83.12
Mikinori Kato83.08
Yasutaka Hattori83.06
Hayato Aoki82.82
Makoto Yoshino81.93
Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi81.59
Masato Kobayashi81.50
Masaru Takeda81.36
Shunsuke Watanabe75.51

No real surprises here either, though it is striking to see how much softer Watanabe throws than everyone else.

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