I saw a pair of scouting reports online of 2 potential top 10 picks for the 2010 MLB draft. Each escouting report had these two prospects at 90-94 mph on the fastball. I watched a game in which the two faced off vs eachother on ESPNU had each pitcher 85-88 mph. Take these “scouting reports” from offline with a grain of salt.
Often times it isn’t stated who writes these reports, and what affiliation they have to player/program. Like anything else you see on the internet, be careful to accept what you read as fact. These amateurs can play, but it doesn’t do them any justice to inflate things on multiple scouting reports.
Outside of the University of Texas and UCLA pitching staff, I have rarely seen any starting pitchers comfortably sitting at 90 or above. I know there are more kids than that throwing that hard, but the perception is that at these “top program” schools the kids have average major league fastballs at 19-21 yr olds. That is just not the case. If you watch the college world series this year, take a note of the radar gun reading. Outside of a couple power relievers on each team, you won’t see many 90 mph readings.