Ariel Hernandez tops 100 MPH; other Reds velocites Doug Gray March 13, 2017 9 Comments Over the weekend the Cincinnati Reds played in four games over two days. Both Saturday and Sunday saw the team play split squad games. In two of those games the Reds were pitching in parks with pitch tracking capabilities. While I will be going into more depth later this week with some of these pitchers and the data, for today I just thought it would be fun to create a little graphic showing the average and top velocities for the 12 pitchers, plus Bronson Arroyo*. Ariel Hernandez topped the chart, hitting 100.4 MPH in his game. Reds velocities Some of the faces cover up some others, and maybe you don’t recognize everyone, so the data table is listed below. It’s worth noting that everyone on this chart except Bronson Arroyo is placed based on the data that the pitch tracking systems have on them. Arroyo’s placement is based on the report that he was pitching at 84-87 MPH. I simply gave him an 85.5 average and 87.0 average. Seeing Rookie Davis show another step forward in his top velocity over the weekend was good to see. He topped out at 96 MPH in the start. With the upped velocity and a new slider, we could be seeing a very different Rookie Davis this year. Going back to the top of the list, Ariel Hernandez topped 100 MPH three times in the game. He was throwing his curveball at 88-89 MPH. Think about that for a minute. I’ll wait for you to catch your breath. He’s going to need to improve his control, but that arm…. my goodness. Here’s the entire chart for all of the pitchers from the two games, with the exception of Deunte Heath. He’s not included as he only had one pitch recorded. Top and Average Reds Pitcher Velocities Pitcher AVG Velo TOP Velo Ariel Hernandez 98.7 100.4 Luis Castillo 97.1 99.1 Wandy Peralta 95.6 97.5 Blake Wood 95.2 96.5 Michael Lorenzen 94.6 96.1 Rookie Davis 94.2 96.0 Brandon Finnegan 92.3 94.5 Evan Mitchell 93.1 94.4 Tony Cingrani 92.4 93.4 Lucas Luetge 90.1 91.5 Alejandro Chacin 88.2 89.2 Rob Wooten 88.5 88.7 Bronson Arroyo* 85.5 87.0 9 Responses Steve March 13, 2017 If only he could throw more strikes. Maybe toning it down a few mph to get more accurate is something the pitching coach should work on with him. Even if he works in the 94-97 range, that’s still enough velocity. It seems we have quite a few pitchers in this category. Sacrificing a few mph for better control should be a priority for them. Michael Green March 13, 2017 Are spring training stats available in terms of first pitch strikes and swinging strikes? I’d like to compare last year’s staff during ST versus this year’s staff. I’m concerned that we are either not preaching strike one or don’t know how to fix the problem that made us one of the worst staffs in statistical history last year. Still, you still have to like all of these young arms coming very soon. Romano dominated in his last outing. Doug Gray March 13, 2017 Yes and no. Unless there’s actual pitch tracking systems in place, then no. That’s a majority of the games. I can promise you that every coach in the organization is preaching strikes and first pitch strikes, though. mace March 13, 2017 The one that jumps out to me–other than Hernandez, of course (and I guess Castillo)–is Rookie Davis, as you noted. That’s good news for him, after the velocity dip of last year. Good job, Doug. Would be interesting to see the current data on Romano. Russ Edens March 18, 2017 Rookie is going to be the best choice to go to the rotation, no matter what anyone else says. I went to school with him, saw his determination from age 5, and know the blood he comes from. He will not quit, he will continue to get better, and the longer they wait, the more they hurt themselves!! sultanofswaff March 13, 2017 Amidst the really bad news about Disco, maybe there’s a ray of light in Price’s leaving the door open to Lorenzen starting. To me, that would be optimal…..certainly preferable to starting Arroyo (swingman, one time thru a lineup at most). Might even help ease Homer back by using him as a reliever? A lot of positives in aggregate. And let’s face it—it’s easier to fortify your bullpen than your rotation. Get the big decision right and worry about the others. citizen54 March 13, 2017 Ya if something good were to come out of an injury, Lorenzen getting another chance to start would be it. His chance to start last year was cut short by a case of mono. I’d love to see him get another shot. Arnold Ziffle March 13, 2017 Well, that 100.4 mph heater doesn’t mean jack, if Hernandez cannot throw it consistently for strikes. And Peralta is showing his old self again. Came in with bases loaded and leaves with bases empty and 4 runs in. Grand salami Peralta style. Our new Jumbo. Greenfield Red March 13, 2017 I had in the back of my mind that the Reds would try to sign Osvaldo Hernandez (18 year old Cuban Southpaw) and then back out of the Luis Robert sweepstakes should he become available. That will not happen as the Padres are signing Hernandez. They have killed it internationally this year.