Aroldis Chapman plunks Jackie Bradley Jr. with fastest pitch of season (vid)
Aroldis Chapman without question is among the top flamethrowers in Major League Baseball. On Tuesday night, the Yankees reliever unleashed the fastest pitch thus far in the 2018 MLB season … a 103.3-mph heater that plunked Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.
Aroldis Chapman, 103 mph Fastball (just a bit inside). pic.twitter.com/VxR4heMAI6
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 9, 2018
Jackie Bradley just got plunked by 103.3 MPH from Chapman, the hardest thrown pitch of 2018. That.. can't be fun.
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) May 9, 2018
Tuesday marked the third time Bradley has been plunked by Chapman in his career. The last time it occurred, in 2014 on a 100-mph heater, Bradley colorfully explained the situation as follows:
“I was telling some of the guys, ‘good thing I got my morning lift in, because it might have went through me,’” Bradley said, via MassLive. “That ball probably still has some bone marrow juice on it. It might have touched bone a little bit.”
Bradley has not yet revealed the damage done by Chapman’s latest fastball into his body. However, evidence of the egregious carnage that can be caused by a Chapman fastball was previously exhibited by Tampa Bay Rays prospect Jake Cronenworth, who absorbed a 98-mph heater from the Yankees flamethrower back in March.
Getting hit by Aroldis Chapman in the ribs leaves a mark. pic.twitter.com/RaAQ9TTdSe
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) March 28, 2018
Yamma hamma. Not good.