‘A whopping 168 km!’ The 25-year-old fireballer who beat the Cuban Express has the fastest ball in 2023

 Minnesota Twins Joan Duran (25) threw the fastest ball this year. 

MLB.com, the official major league media outlet, reported on the 26th (Korean time), “Duran recorded 104 miles per hour (167.4 km) for the first time this year with a speed gun.”

Duran pitched in relief against the San Francisco Giants at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on the 25th, recording one hit, two strikeouts and no runs in ⅔ innings. Minnesota won 7-1. 스포츠토토

Duran, who took the mound with one out in the ninth inning, struck out Blake Saball, the first batter. Subsequently, he threw four-seams for 104.6 miles (168.3 km) in a two-strike situation against second batter Wilmer Flores.

It is the fastest ball in the game and the fastest ball in the major leagues this year. However, Flores made this ball a foul, and eventually threw a 90.3-mile (145.3 km) curve on the fourth pitch and hit a double. Facing a crisis with two out and second base, Duran struck out the last batter, Casey Schmidt, and ended the game. 

MLB.com said, “Duran, who throws a fiery fastball, threw three fastballs that exceeded 104 miles that day. The best was 104.6 miles, and the velocity of the ball that caught the last strikeout to end the game was 104 miles,” he admired Duran’s fastball. 

The 104.6 mph that Duran threw that day is the fastest pitch in the major leagues this season. The previous record was 103.8 miles (167.0 km) thrown by Jordan Hicks (St. Louis) on March 31 and Aroldis Chapman on May 17.

MLB.com said, “Duran is the eighth pitcher to throw more than 104 mph since the pitch tracking system was introduced in 2008. Duran, Chapman, and Hicks are the only pitchers who have thrown 104 mph multiple times in a single game. “Only Duran, Chapman, Hicks and Mauricio Cabrera struck out on a 104 mph pitch,” he explained. 

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