Want a fun pitch? Here’s a really fun pitch. A cutter that hits 101 mph (sits 99 mph) is insane and just by watching it you can tell how rare of a pitch it is. It accumulates groundballs at a high rate and with more work should become a truly elite strikeout pitch, as it currently sits at 11% swinging-strike rate but could be higher.
We know about Clase’s special cutter, but the development of his slider – his only offspeed pitch – may make the difference long-term. The slider comes in hard at 90.5mph and snaps into place with sharp, vertical movement.