Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Rangers Starters Impressing with Fastball Velocity

 The Texas Rangers have quite a collection of power fastballs in their rotation as Alexi Ogando (4th overall), Derek Holland (tied for 12th overall) and Matt Harrison (tied for 19th overall) represent the only trio from the same team in the top 20 starters in average fastball velocity.

Even more distinct might be the presence of two Ranger lefties at the top of that list.  The top lefty starters in average fastball velocity are:  
  1. David Price, TB - 94.5 mph
  2. Derek Holland, TEX - 93.1 mph
  3. Clayton Kershaw, LAD - 93.1 mph
  4. Jorge de la Rosa, COL - 92.9 mph
  5. CC Sabathia, NYY - 92.7 mph
  6. Matt Harrison, TEX - 92.6 mph
  7. Madison Bumgarner, SF - 92.6 mph
Other than the Rangers, the only other teams with as many as two pitchers in the top 20 are the Mariners with Michael Pineda (#1) and Felix Hernandez (#8) and the Giants with Tim Lincecum (#14, tied) and Madison Bumgarner (#19, tied).

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