Though I would post some old school clips of Vida Blue, the nearly 100 mph lefty who was listed at just 6 feet 190 lbs. I immediately saw similarities to Koufax and Chapman. His tempo is ridiculous…as fast or faster than Roy Oswalts at around 17-18 frames from leg lift to release, and his arm action is equally ridiculous, at 13 frames from hand break to release. To give you an idea of just how fast this is, most 95 mph throwers have tempos of 21-23 frames and 15-16 frames from leg lift to release and hand break to release respectively.
He gets the same unbelievable separation that you see in lincecum, koufax, chapman and other small/skinny 100 mph throwers.
"DeSoto High Baseball Coach Clyde Washington recalls that he caught his Centerfielder leaning against one of the light poles. “I told him to straighten up,” says Washington. “He said, ‘Why, Coach? The ball’s not coming out here.’ That’s how much confidence they had in Vida’s pitching. He was overpowering.”
Too overpowering, in fact. In one seven-inning game, he pitched a no-hitter, struck out 21 men—and lost. “Vida’s problem was somebody to catch him,” explains Washington. “There were a lot of passed balls and dropped third strikes.” Blue’s old battery mate, Elijah Williams, remembers that he had to “cut off the fingers of a winter glove and wear that inside my mitt, but my hand still swole up after every game.” Adds Washington: “We bought the best catcher’s mitts and gave him sponges. Still his hand would swell up. He couldn’t catch again for three days.”
how do you think his mechanics compare to chapman, koufax, lincecum?
any other thoughts on how he managed to throw so hard while being so durable?