Hello, here is great measuring tool to see what pitchers really throw. MLB game day will verify my findings if you watch pitch by pitch. Also, I have seen many video’s online with radar gun readings(Stalker and Jugs).
When I played baseball back in 1997, I was clocked with old police radar guns and the famous Decatur radar gun. Though, Jugs was being used by pro scouts. I was clocked in high school 77-84 mph on the Decatur. During a state game for American Legion, I was told I was throwing 88+. I was very skeptical at that time. I was 5’7" 145lbs. Today I’m 5’7" and 170lbs. I bought a Stalker radar and I pulled out my old Decatur radar gun. I’m currently working back into playing men’s baseball in Pensacola, FL next year 2020. I’m 41 yrs old and wanted to challenge myself to see if I still have it in me. This is what I found out.
2 months of throwing twice a week running and lifting weights.
40 yard dash 4.8 sec
Ball speed off batting tee/exit velocity 85-90 mph (aluminum bat)
Pitch speed: 77- 80 mph Stalker. Decatur Radar: 69-72 mph.
Example: 80 Peak release speed, 72 plate (Stalker)
Example: 72 as fast as I could throw at this time on (Decatur Radar) gun. The radar gun is accurate and tested with tuning fork and compared to a Bushnell (cheap radar) with same speed.
Here is a run down of the old radar guns and guns that pick speed up at the end of pitch like the Bushnell. The faster speeds are the Stalker and Jugs guns.
Decatur/Bushnell Stalker/Jugs (release speed)
95mph 103-104mph (A. Chapman) MLB Pitcher
100mph 107-108mph (Nolan Ryan) WOW! Flame Thrower Dude
So, maybe I was really throwing 88mph when I was 16 yrs old 5’7" 145lbs.
Decatur 77-84. Stalker/Jugs 84-92mph based on radar gun differences today.
My goal is to throw 90+ just to see if I can do it.
Check your speed against these and you’ll see I’m right on point!