When it comes to the fastball, velocity is power. Sure, some hurlers manage to torture hitters with lower-octane fastballs that sink or dart, but there's an undeniable link between the radar gun and a batter's ability to drive the ball. Check out the average slugging percentage against fastballs this season, by velocity:
|Under 90 MPH||.501|
Against sub-90 MPH fastballs, hitters slug about the same as Billy Butler. When pitchers ramp it up to 95+ MPH, batters morph into Placido Polanco. Velocity is power.
So, which hitters are hammering the heat this season, and which are getting manhandled? First, here's a look at hitters who are raking against 95+ MPH heat in 2012:
Highest slugging percentage vs. 95+ MPH fastballs, 2012
And here the the hitters getting scorched by 95+ MPH fastballs this season:
Lowest slugging percentage vs. 95+ MPH fastballs, 2012