Here they are ranked in ascending order, based on the velocity of their hardest pitch thrown (Aroldis Chapman having thrown the hardest):
- Jose Fernandez – Marlins, Starter
- Carlos Estevez – Rockies, Reliever
- Yordano Ventura – Royals, Starter
- Carlos Martinez – Cardinals, Starter
- Dellin Betances – Yankees, Reliever
- Ken Giles – Astros, Reliever
- Noah Syndergaard – Mets, Starter
- Nathan Eovaldi – Yankees, Starter
- Arquimedes Caminero – Pirates, Reliever
- Mauricio Cabrera – Braves, Reliever
- Aroldis Chapman – Yankees, Reliever
As you can see, of the eleven pitchers who threw faster than 100 MPH in 2016 only five are starting pitchers (and, sadly, two of the above, Jose Fernandez and Yordano Ventura, have passed away within the last year).
So as of now (i.e. for 2017), Carlos Martinez, Noah Syndergaard, and Nathan Eovaldi (in that order) are the hardest throwing starting pitchers in all of baseball.
But that guy in the middle – he with the lovable Twitter personality – is trying to come back even stronger and throw even faster in 2017:
Hello Florida….I'm back. pic.twitter.com/kpuJnuxGCO
— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) February 12, 2017
And you know what, he might just do it:
Noah Syndergaard reported to camp Sunday and told reporters he — seriously — gained 15-17 pounds of muscle, wants to throw HARDER in 2017.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) February 12, 2017
Noah Syndergaard spent the winter eating bowls of venison and wants to throw harder this season. I have nothing to add to that. #mets
— David Lennon (@DPLennon) February 12, 2017
Noah Syndergaard wants to throw harder 🤔… He threw 1047 pitches 98 MPH+ last season. That's more than 10 teams combined.
— Daren Willman (@darenw) February 12, 2017
Already one of the very hardest throwing pitchers in baseball, Thor is clearly looking to drop the “one of,” from the title and take his rightful place at the top of the list.
And to do so, he’s apparently added 15-17 pounds of muscle … which, wow.
I wonder who will show up to Spring Training in the "best shape of their life" this year. 🤔🤔🤔💪💪💪 pic.twitter.com/yziN32sVho
— Baseball is Fun (@flippingbats) February 8, 2017
Already listed at 6’5″ and 200 lbs, another 15 pounds of muscle on Thor is going to make that Norse God comparison even more accurate.
And who knows, maybe he’ll start throwing lightening bolts across the plate.