Forgive the lack of information here. I am taking this from a poorly translated article, but in Japan recently a high school pitcher threw 160 kp/h (99 mph).
The pitcher, Shohei Otani, from Hanamaki Higashi High School is 193 cm (6’4″) and 86 kg (189 lbs). The lanky right-handed pitcher showed it was not a fluke. In the 5th inning he threw a pitch 156 km/h and then topped it twice in the 6th when he reached 159 km/h and 160 km/h.
He definitely has a bright future if he chooses to pursue it, and he isn’t fully developed yet.
Eric Bynum – has written 1982 posts on this site.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.