Many questions with elusive answers have long haunted humankind. Why are we here? What happens when we die? Am I a creature of freewill or do I live in a deterministic universe? Well, one of those big questions has finally been answered.
For the first time in history, we know defiantly which Astro would win in a race between the entire team (pitchers not included). You may think I’m joking, but there is no such thing as “40-yard times” for baseball player’s, at least not publicly available. Like cavemen, we have long relied on our eyes and scouts to determine the speed of every baseball player ever. Well not anymore.
Thanks to new technology from Baseball Savant, we know not only who would win the race, but by precisely how much. The answer may surprise you (or maybe not): Jake Marisnick.
Here’s the complete list of the Astros’ Statcast Sprint Speeds.
Jose Altuve would come in second (if he doesn’t trip), followed closely by Carlos Correa and Josh Reddick.
Also, McCann may move nearly 3 feet per second slower than anyone else on the team, but apparently even that won’t stop him from helping the Astos #BTSOOR.
Around the league, Red’s center-fielder Billy Hamilton is the fastest player in the league, clocking in at 30.1 ft/sec. He is followed by Twins center-fielder Byron Buxton and D-Backs center-fielder Bradley Zimmer. The Astros’ fastest player, Jake Marisnick, ranks 49th.