June 20, 2007
SI Players MLB Poll
[Based on a survey of 464 MLB players]
Who is the hardest-throwing pitcher in baseball?

Joel Zumaya, Tigers reliever.....80%
Billy Wagner, Mets closer.....6%
Justin Verlander, Tigers starter.....3%
Bobby Jenks, White Sox closer.....2%
Rich Harden, A's starter.....1%
Kyle Farnsworth, Yankees reliever.....1%
A.J. Burnett, Blue Jays starter.....1%
Felix Hernandez, Mariners starter.....1%
J.J. Putz, Mariners closer.....1%
Carlos Zambrano, Cubs starter.....1%

FAST FACTS: Players were not allowed to vote for a teammate.... The 6' 3", 210-pound Zumaya, 23, has been out since early May with a ruptured tendon in his right middle finger; he's due back in August.... Zumaya, nicknamed Zoom Zoom, was taken 320th overall in the 2002 draft. His fastball has registered as high as 104 on ballpark radars.... Wagner was the only lefthander among the top 10 vote getters.

Photograph by Al Tielemans/SI

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