It wasn’t long ago that you could count the pitchers on one hand who could hit 100 mph in the entire major leagues. It wasn’t long ago that the 100 mph pitcher didn’t exist in the major leagues. Now the number of those pitchers has grown exponentially. In the majors alone, the Yankees have Chapman and Betances who do it with regularity. Tommy Kahnle can hit 100 mph from time to time as well.
Believe it or not, the Yankees actually have several pitchers in the minor leagues who have been hitting 100 mph with regularity as well. This article will highlight those guys and give you a description on what other pitches they have, and their chances of making it all the way to the majors.
After making this list, I am actually shocked at the amount of power arms the Yankees have. I’m even more amazed at how many have hit 100 in the past (according to Baseball America).
- Jorge Guzman – He’s a surefire top 100 prospect with the way he holds his velocity late into games. Guzman also has the developing secondary pitches to remain a starter long term. This raises the ceiling to ace potential. What a tremendous return for Brian McCann. He has been known to hit 103 mph in the past and eclipses 100 mph regularly every game.
- Albert Abreu – Abreu has been clocked at 100 mph several times, although he does not hit triple digits nearly as frequently as Guzman. He too maintains the high velocity deep into his starts. Scouts have been impressed with his performance in the AFL. He too is a bona fide top 100 prospect.
- Domingo Acevedo – Perhaps just outside of the top 100 prospects, I still don’t understand why. You have a 6-foot-8 behemoth who has good control, hits triple digits, and has two above average secondary offerings. At worst, he’s a late inning reliever. His fastball may play up even higher in relief!
- Domingo German – One of the best kept secrets on the farm is German. He flies under the radar because of the big names ahead of him and even behind him, but German has the power and secondary pitches to be a starter in the major leagues. Whether he gets that chance will be dependent more on who’s ahead of him than his actual skill set. If he was a free agent he would absolutely get signed as a starting pitcher somewhere. He has role versatility though and the Yankees can and probably will use him a lot in relief this year. German has been clocked at 100 mph numerous times in the past.
- Dillon Tate – Dillon is not going to pop 100’s on the radar frequently, but they will show up from time to time. He has an upper 90’s fastball which is enough to make scouts drool. That and his secondary pitches, which are above average, is the reason he was the first pitcher taken in his draft year.
- Freicer Perez – Another massive kid with surprisingly good control and secondary offerings. Perez hits 100 mph regularly and he too gets overshadowed a bit by the other names on this list. If he was with another organization he would probably get a lot more national attention and be a top 100 prospect.
- Anyelo Gomez – He is a prime candidate to get popped in the rule five draft this year, as the Yankees were unable to protect him. He hits 100 mph regularly as a reliever, and has back end reliever potential. It is highly likely some team will take a flier on him, and even more likely that he will stick with them given his stuff.
- Ben Heller – Heller pitched for the Yankees this year in the majors, and played pretty well. He will hit triple digits once or twice a start, and has the secondary pitches to be a late inning option. I believe the Yankees will use him frequently in the majors this year.
- J.P. Feyereisen – He’s another one the Yankees were unable to protect, and another who hits 100 mph. His lack of control would make him a liability in a bullpen as strong as the Yankees, but other teams could afford to take a flier on him and hope he gains the control necessary to excel. I’d be surprised if he is still with the team after the rule five draft.
- Luis Medina – He’s the youngest guy on this list, and probably has the most raw talent. That didn’t come out in his performance this season, but it was a small sample size and his first taste of coming stateside. This guy is a star in the making as long as he can get his control under wraps.
- Cale Coshow – He’s barely talked about but he’s in Triple-A and hits triple digits. He too was not protected and could get popped in the rule five. It’s more his lack of command and control that gets him in trouble, as he is a grip it and rip it guy. If he can tighten up a bit he will be a force in someone’s bullpen. Hopefully he gets a chance to do it in pinstripes.
- Daris Vargas – He must have suffered an injury this past season because he barely pitched. When he did, it was in the GCL. Given that he is not considered a top prospect, the news on him has been sparse. In 2016 he hit 100 mph on several occasions as a starting pitcher in Low-A. I will be watching for his return this year and keeping a close eye on him.
Close but no cigar