...or push it back a bit?
A little context is in order.
During the late '70s or maybe early '80s a magazine entitled Baseball Digest ran an article that mentioned the fact that only a couple of pitchers could touch 90 MPH with their fastball. 90 MPH used to be the benchmark of a pitcher with a very good fastball.
Fast forward to today and a 90 MPH fastball is really only average at best. Does it surprise anyone at all when they hear someone throws mid-90's nowadays? Players are bigger and stronger and throw the ball harder. I was reading the profiles on the draftees and every pitcher it seems can throw in the mid-90s.
So what if this trend continues? What happens when 95 MPH is nothing special and 100 MPH becomes the benchmark?
Last night we got a glimpse of what happens when a pitcher can touch 100 MPH with control, along with complementary off-speed pitches. It seems logical to believe that with more pitchers being able to throw harder, that there are going to be be more of those pitchers with both control and off-speed stuff.
How do batters adapt? Can they increase bat speed? Do all but the best start to choke up and become contact hitters?