Cubs Quick Hits: David Bote Faced Highest Fastball Velocity in MLB

David Bote authored some unforgettable moments last season, and he did it against the hardest-throwing pitchers in baseball. Whereas his peers faced pitchers who averaged around 93 mph, the average fastball sailed in against Bote was 94.5 mph.

He often served as a pinch-hitter, which means he faced a preponderance of hard-throwing relievers, and we know the book on Bote was that he had some issues against high heat. Still, facing harder four-seamers than any other hitter in MLB probably didn’t help.

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