@Bob_Loblaw1984 said in Why does everyone want Felix?:
His pitch speed differential isn’t that great. And I do remember him throwing 98-99 when he was younger. I get what you’re saying though. Glavine has a 95 FB and 76 change. I watched hundreds of Glavine starts and he rarely hit 93-94.
Yeah in 2005 and 2006 he was like 97-99, and his changeup did have more of a differential at around 86. So for his 86 Prospects card that's legit. But peak Felix was 2009-2010 and 2013, and by then his FB was 92-96 and his changeup often overlapping with his slower fastballs. And everything he threw had just ridiculous break.
But yeah the whole juicing cards' fastballs and giving them 20 mph slower changeups I don't like. I think part of it is just that SDS couldn't quite make the changeups competitive at their realistic differentials, but 15 mph is pretty [censored] rare. 20 mph is some freak of nature [censored] or slowing down your arm speed so much that it would telegraph it.