The 10 Nastiest Pitches From Friday

The Nastiest Pitches from Friday’s games

Every morning, the We Love Baseball crew reviews the Nastiest Pitches from the previous day’s games. If you see something you think should be included here be sure to tweet @PitcherList to let us know. Or, if you’re a PL+ Member and part of our Discord, shout it out in the Nastiest Pitches channel. If your suggestion is included the next day, you’ll be entered into a weekly drawing for a free t-shirt. If you’re not already a PL+ member, you’re missing out!

 

Drew Smyly’s Curveball

 

Smyly throws his curveball 40% of the time. It generally is about average across the board but does have a 41.4% O-Swing% and 16.9% Swinging Strike%. He misses his spot here a bit, but it is still well-placed.

 

Carlos Rodón’s Fastball

 

Rodón has an excellent four-seam fastball. With a usage rate of 61%, he has achieved a 35.1% O-Swing%, 14.4% Swinging Strike%, and .285 wOBA. It is enjoyable to watch him pitch.

 

Carlos Rodón’s Slider

 

A feeble wave from a LHB is a common sight against Rodón’s glove-side slider. It looks like a strike for so long it is difficult to lay off. Coming into this game he had yet to give up a HR on it.

 

Roansy Contreras’ Slider

 

The young Contreras has a 45.9% O-Swing%, 24.2% Swinging Strike%, and .216 wOBA for his impressive slider. Hopefully, we will get to see a lot more of it in future seasons.

 

Miles Mikolas’ Curveball

 

This is a beauty of a curve. Mikolas gets middling results on it, but it gets 3.3″ more drop than the average curveball and I thoroughly enjoy watching it.

 

Brayan Bello’s Changeup

 

This is a wicked changeup from Bello. He’s only thrown about 140 of them in his young career, but it looks like it’s a good one. Red Sox fans hope this is the start of a long and excellent career with them. I do not.

 

Austin Voth’s Curveball

 

Voth gets excellent horizontal movement and spin on his curveball. Based on his heat maps he seems to do a good job of placing it down and glove-side. Because of this, it is surprising that he doesn’t get better results on it. Just a guess, but maybe it has to do with sequencing and/or the rest of his repertoire.

 

Lance McCullers Jr.’s Curveball

 

You know it must be a nasty curveball to do this to the great Ohtani. McCullers has missed most of 2022, but he has made a career with that knuckle curve.

 

Daniel Lynch’s Changeup

 

Now Báez certainly isn’t known for his plate discipline, but this must’ve been a pretty deceptive changeup from Lynch to cause this kind of swing. He’ll have to learn to do this a lot more often if he is going to have MLB success.

 

Ross Stripling’s Changeup

 

The camera angle is pretty high up, but this is a beautiful changeup from Stripling. Well-spotted and nice drop. He has had a few injuries this season, but Stripling has been very good and it has largely been due to this pitch. It has an excellent 50.7% O-Swing%, 21.2% Swinging Strike%, and .228 wOBA.

 

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Featured image by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns of Twitter)

 

Andrew Krutz

Andrew writes for Pitcher List and is a lifelong New York Yankees fan. During the warmer months he can be found playing vintage baseball in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York.

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