In the Major Leagues, there are few pitchers that can make pitches of more than 100 miles per hour (MPH) and fewer that can throw a sinker that reaches three digits. On Sunday, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jordan Hicks joined that list.
It was in a game against the New York Mets, while facing Juan Lagares on a 1-2 count, Hicks threw a sinker pitch in the outside corner of 104 MPH.
Yes, you read that well ... 104 MPH with movement.
Here's the video:
The right-hander left Juan Lagares absolutely frozen and he sure would have left any batter the same way.
A few weeks ago, it was Jose Alvarado of the Tampa Rays who made a similar pitch, but it did not reach 100 MPH.
The Hicks pitch reached 104 MPH.
It is not the first time that we see pitches above 100 MPH, since Aroldis Chapman has the record with pitches of 106 MPH.
But, Chapman's pitches were not sinkers, they had no movement, they were straight four-seam fastballs.
Hicks' throwing fastballs of 104 MPH with movement is absolutely unfair to the MLB hitters and definitely the most NASTY pitch in all baseball.