Minor League’s Hardest Throwers


It’s fitting that we follow a post about Phil Hughes’ much discussed velocity with one about the hardest throwers in the minors. I didn’t do the legwork, BA did. We’ve heard alot about the high success rate of Tommy John surgery, but the #4 pitcher on the 2002 list is a prime example of a guy who’s stuff never returned to pre-TJ levels. Having two of the three hardest throwers in the minors is pretty badass.

Categories : Minors


  1. dan says:

    A rough, unweighted average of the ratios in the 2008 group shows a 4.31 BB/9 and a 9.71 K/9.

    • Mike A. says:

      That number drops to 3.00 if you take out Dan Bard.


      • Stu says:

        The BA article makes me wish that the current TB management was as dumb as the old, and they could be somehow fleeced out of Jake McGee. Oh how his left arm would would look with all of our righties. TB is going to be dangerous in 2009.

  2. Travis G. says:

    i know Joba hit 101 several times last year.

  3. Yankee Fan in Chicago says:

    Jeez, Samardzija could only k 4/9? That’s sad.

  4. Yankee Fan in Chicago says:

    That should have read:

    Holy No-Movement Batman!

  5. RollignWave says:

    If you look at that list though, it’s pretty obvious that the guys who ended up doing well threw hard AND had good K/BB ratio, and the guys who didn’t had shitty K/BB ratio to begin with.. injury or not i highly doubt Sean Henn woulda been awsome.. most awsome ruined by injury guys at least show flashes (see Dodger Hong Chih Kuo last septemeber) but Henn has virtually been consistent suckitude.

  6. Rick in Boston says:

    I worked in the minors after college for a couple of seasons and got to see Threets in Hagerstown when it was a Giants affiliate. The Giants gun had him up to 103…but Bob Stanley (yes, THAT Bob Stanley from 1986 fame) said it didn’t count because it wasn’t a strike. Threets got up to 102 for a strike.

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