The Nastiest 16 Pitching GIFs from Spring Training – Semi-Finals

We've gathered the 16 nastiest pitching GIFs from 2019 Spring Training. We're on to the semi-final round! Which one was the best?


Spring training has come and gone, with the real games already underway. There has already been a load of impressive pitches to start the regular season, but spring training had quite a few worth noting.

Before we start any tournaments involving the 2019 regular season, let’s decide which was the best pitching GIF from spring training. Four pitches remain, though only three pitchers are left. (If that’s too confusing, just scroll down and vote, you’ll get it.)

While none of these games mattered, winning this tournament is another story entirely.

Here are the rules:

  • All GIFs were pulled from 2019 spring training.
  • You can only vote on a matchup once, so make sure you pick the one you absolutely want.
  • Voting will continue until 12:00 a.m. EDT the following morning. This is the semi-final round.

 

Here are the results from for Round 1:

 

American Bracket

 

1. Yusei Kikuchi‘s Curveball def. 8. Dakota Hudson‘s Slider
2. Adam Ottavino‘s Slider def. 7. Kyle Wright‘s Slider
3. Chris Paddack‘s Curveball def. 6. Nathan Eovaldi‘s Fastball
5. Aaron Nola‘s Changeup def. 4. Jack Flaherty‘s Changeup

 

National Bracket

 

1. Jordan Hicks‘ Fastball def. 8. Trevor Bauer‘s Changeup
2. Adam Ottavino‘s Fastball def. 7. Andrew Miller‘s Slider
3. Jordan Hicks‘ Slider def. 6. Justus Sheffield‘s Changeup
4. Matt Boyd‘s Slider def. 5. Alex Reyes‘ Curveball

 

Here are the results from for Round 2:

 

American Bracket

 

1. Yusei Kikuchi‘s Curveball def. 5. Aaron Nola‘s Changeup
2. Adam Ottavino‘s Slider def. 3. Chris Paddack‘s Curveball

 

National Bracket

 

1. Jordan Hicks‘ Fastball def. 4. Matt Boyd‘s Slider
2. Adam Ottavino‘s Fastball def. 3. Jordan Hicks‘ Slider

 

Here are the matchups for the Semi-Finals:

American Bracket

 

1. Yusei Kikuchi‘s Curveball vs. 2. Adam Ottavino‘s Slider

 

National Bracket

 

1. Jordan Hicks‘ Fastball  vs. 2. Adam Ottavino‘s Fastball 

 

Watch the GIFs in the Links Below!


Yusei Kikuchi‘s Curveball vs. Adam Ottavino‘s Slider

Yusei Kikuchi has made it through the first two rounds of this tournament by the skin of his teeth, even though Joey Votto looks more foolish than any other hitter featured in the tournament — which should count for something, right? Unfortunately for the rookie, he goes up against Pitcher List icon Adam Ottavino. Not only that, it’s Ottavino’s slider, his best pitch. Plus, this is the chance for true Ottavino fans to band together and get an all-Ottavino Finals! (Speaking of which, whoever constructed this bracket probably should have considered that to be a possibility when setting the seeds.)

 

VS.

 

Which was the better pitch? Vote to decide which pitch advances to the next round!



Jordan Hicks‘ Fastball vs. Adam Ottavino‘s Fastball

(Yet another battle of two baffled Philadelphia Phillies hitters in the National Bracket. Trust me, Philly fans will have their day in one of these tournaments.)

Wait. Didn’t we do this already? No, no it was Jordan Hicks‘ slider that Adam Ottavino pulverized with his fastball. Hicks’ fastball, on the other hand, might not be so easy for Ottavino. The Yankees reliever has the edge when it comes to movement. And he did draw a pathetic swing-and-miss. But Hicks’ fastball clocks in nine miles per hour harder than Ottavino’s. And Ottavino threw this one at 94! Plus, Hicks gets some serious movement despite throwing this glove-side — which isn’t easy. I’ve made the case for both, now you decide! Do you want Ottavino vs. Ottavino in the finals or the third Hicks vs. Ottavino of the week?

 

VS.

Which was the better pitch? Vote to decide which pitch advances to the next round!

Nick Friar

Nick pitched at Northwestern University from 2011-14. He firmly believes the answer to every count and situation is a changeup — probably because he only topped out at 91. Nick runs the GIF Tournaments at Pitcher List. If you see a pitch that deserves recognition, let him know on Twitter @Nick_Friar. Maybe give him a follow, too? Or not. Actually, "not" might be the right answer here.

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