Minnesota’s Duran throws 168.3 mph fastball…highest in big leagues this year

Minnesota Twins’ Joan Duran (25) threw the fastest ball in the major leagues this season.

Duran threw 104.6 miles per hour (168.3 kilometers per hour) during the Twins’ 2023 Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., on Friday.

It was the fastest fastball in the major leagues this season.

The previous highs were 103.8 mph by Jordan Hicks (St. Louis Cardinals) on March 31 and Aroldis Chapman (Kansas City Royals) on April 17.

He also broke his own career high fastball. Duran’s previous fastball was 103.8 mph on Sept. 28 of last year.

Duran is only the eighth pitcher to throw 104 mph or higher since pitch tracking was introduced in 2008.

Taking the mound in the top of the ninth inning with his team leading 7-1, Duran threw a 100.3 mph splitter to first baseman Blake Sabol and a 103.8 mph four-seam fastball for his second pitch.

After getting Sabol to swing and miss with back-to-back fastballs, he threw Wilmer Flores 103.3 mph, 104.4 mph, and 104.6 mph, but Flores fouled off all three pitches in a row and then took a 90.3 mph curveball for a double. 먹튀검증

With two on and two out, Duran gave Casey Schmidt the upper hand with back-to-back 100-mph pitches before inducing a swinging strikeout on a 104-mph four-seam fastball to end the game.

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