Who has the slowest fastball in Major League Baseball?
Which ML pitchers throw the slowest fastball on average right now, and how fast do they throw normally (what mph). Additionally, do they locate well or have nice breaking stuff or are they just lucky to be where they are. The more names a get, the better. If possible, i would also like to find out where you got this information so I can learn more. I am curious because I am in an argument with my friend, he thinks you can not throw slow and be successful. I then said well there is Greg Maddux, but he said he does not throw that slow. So i would like to se where he ranks. P.S. I know I am asking for a lot, but thanks. If there is any way that you could also say what Greg Madduxes fastest pitch ever was clocked at that would be great.
For a regular Pitcher..not a knuckeballer..I would think it is Jamie Moyer. He generally tops out around 84 miles per hour. He gets guys out by changing locations, and mixing pitches up so as to keep batters guessing all game long.
Probably Tim Wakefield.
I believe that Tim Wakefield throws the slowest fastball in the MLB, just a little bit slower than Jamie Moyer (Wakefield has topped out his fastball at around 79 MPH, while Jamie Moyer has topped out at 81).
Moyer, Glavine, Wakefield and Paul Byrd. There isn't just one clear cut guy.
Greg Maddux fast ball is usually thrown in the mid 80's he is one of the slowest in the league, he throws a two seam fastball, however his fastball is so effective because of the movement. His location and command on his off speed pitches keep batters off balance.
Yes, Maddux has a slow fastball, Wakefield's fastball is slower, but he is a knuckleball thrower, so his low 80mph fastball seems like it is coming 100mph after seeing a 56 mph knuckler.
Split finger pitches tend to be slower too, and are considered fast balls, when really they are off speed pitches.
Also, Mariano Rivera throws a cutter and that pitch is a fastball, but is really an off speed pitch.
So it really depends on a definition of a fastball.
The four seam fastball is the pitch that pitchers use to throw the fastest, and Maddux doesnt throw it.
Mike Maroth - 82 MPH fastball. He is hot and cold and gives up the Home Run Ball a lot. Some successful "slow" pitchers that were not knuckleballers were Frank Tanana and Milt Wilcox. It was location and change ups that made them successful. Tanana developed into a "smart" pitcher after he lost his speed. This info is from years of following the Tigers. I am sure fans following other teams have similar stories. I think your friend is very wrong about "slow" pitchers not being successful. It is well known that if a major league player cannot hit a fastball they're not in the major's for very long.
Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, and Jamie Moyer have the slowest fastball in baseball. Believe it or not, Barry Zito has the 4th slowest fastball in the Majors.
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