Hardest-Throwing 2015 Free Agents

“Why do you guys care about velo such much, man?” Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon asked reporters last week.  Fastball velocity continues to hold great appeal to fans, reporters, and baseball executives, especially with so much data readily available.  Beyond the pure excitement of watching Yordano Ventura or Stephen Strasburg pitch, fastball velocity is often an indicator of success.  With that in mind, here’s a look at the currently velocity leaders among those eligible for free agency after this season.

Relievers

  1. Kyle Farnsworth – 94.2
  2. Andrew Miller – 94.2
  3. David Robertson – 94.2
  4. Chris Perez – 93.8
  5. Joba Chamberlain – 93.8
  6. Matt Albers – 93.8 (club option)
  7. Carlos Marmol – 93.6
  8. Jim Johnson – 93.4
  9. Matt Lindstrom – 93.2
  10. Brian Wilson – 92.6 (player option)

Starters

  1. Brandon Morrow – 93.5 (club option)
  2. Felipe Paulino – 93.0 (club option)
  3. Johnny Cueto – 92.9 (club option)
  4. Ervin Santana – 92.4
  5. Dustin McGowan – 92.3 (club option)
  6. Jason Hammel – 92.1
  7. Jorge de la Rosa – 92.1
  8. Josh Beckett – 91.9
  9. James Shields – 91.8
  10. Francisco Liriano – 91.8

Note that the game’s hardest throwers are generally not available in free agency, as they’re also among the younger pitchers.  Farnsworth, 38, is the hardest-throwing free agent but ranks 43rd overall among all pitchers.



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