Last season, the Chicago Cubs made a key mid-season trade for pitcher Aroldis Chapman from the New York Yankees. Why Chapman? Well, the Cuban phenom has dominated the MLB with the strength of his left arm since his first stand at the mound in 2010. While most people recognize the elite status that surrounds Chapman’s name, many don’t realize what makes him arguably the game’s best reliever until his stats are put up against the rest of the league’s pitchers. He even has his own filter on MLB.com’s fastest pitches of 2015 and 2016 because he owns the top 50 pitches from both seasons.
While the rest of the league is starting to catch up with Chapman’s strength, it’s clear that his mark on the league as the most powerful pitcher has been made.