In another sparkling outing last night, Jhoan Duran showcased everything that makes him special. Most notably, his triple-digits fastball. Duran threw only ten pitches last night, including five fastballs. All five exceeded 100 MPH.
It’s becoming easy to take Duran’s electric fastball for granted. His delivery looks effortless, yet his average fastball velocity leads the majors at 100.6 MPH. Here are a few charts to remind us exactly how extraordinary Duran’s velocity is.
First, Duran is clearly the hardest thrower in Minnesota Twins history. His average fastball velocity is nearly two MPH faster than any other Twins pitcher since 2008 (which is the farthest back I could get data from Baseball Savant), and I can't remember any pre-2008 Twins pitchers lighting up radar guns like Duran.
In terms of the sheer number of 100+ MPH pitches thrown, the gap between Duran and the field of Twins pitchers is comical. After last night, Duran has thrown 245 pitches over 100 MPH in his career. The next closest Twins pitcher (since 2008) is Jorge Alcala with just 15.
Duran's smokes the rest of MLB too. This season alone, Duran gives most MLB Divisions a run for their money in terms of 100 MPH volume. If Jhoan Duran was his own MLB Division, that division would have thrown more 100+ MPH pitches than the AL East, AL West, and AL Central (minus Duran). The AL Duran pumps heat.
The most impressive part of Duran’s velocity is that it doesn’t come at the expense of control. Among the 40 MLB pitchers this season with an average fastball velocity of at least 97 MPH and at least 10 innings pitched, Jhoan Duran’s 5.6% walk rate is fourth lowest.
All hail Jhoan Duran.