The 2009 100+ MPH Class
According to efastball.com, these pitchers all threw over 100 mph in 2009:
102.7 (138), Joel Zumaya (Tigers), 6/30/2009, Oakland Coliseum
102.6 (39), Jonathan Broxton (Dodgers), 7/3/2009, PETCO Park
102.2 (16), Brian Wilson (Giants), 9/5/2009, Miller Park
101.3 (12), Daniel Bard (Red Sox), 7/30/2009, Fenway Park
101.1 (14), Neftali Feliz (Rangers), 8/7/2009, Angel Stadium Anaheim
101.0 (15), Justin Verlander (Tigers), 9/19/2009, Metrodome
Out of the six on the 101-plus list, three (Zumaya, Wilson, and Feliz) had Tommy John surgery in 2012.
Only Verlander still throws 100+.
In Broxton’s last appearance on September 4, 2012, he was throwing 97.1 mph.
Daniel Bard is a completely different pitcher than he was in 2009. His fastball has topped out at 93.9 in 2012, and that was a home run pitch he gave up on September 1.
This story written in June 2011 showed that Bard was hitting 98 mph last season.
Three years later he is down to an average of 92.41, with that home run being his fastest pitch.
Was it the PED’s used a short time ago, or did the arm wear down? Or is it a flaw in their pitching motion?
Verlander is still able to throw over 100 in the eighth or ninth inning, as a starter, while the rest of the old 100 mph group pitched as relievers.
By far, he is the Nolan Ryan of this baseball generation.