The Nastiest 16 Pitching GIFs from Spring Training

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 anything with the 2019 regular season, let’s decide which was the best pitching GIF from spring training. The first round starts with 16 entries. And 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. No take-backsies (very strict policy).
  • Voting will continue until 12:00 a.m. EST the following morning. This is the first round.


Featured Image by Justin Paradis (@freshmeatcomm on Twitter)

Here are the matchups for Round 1:


American Bracket


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


National Bracket


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


Watch the GIFs in the Links Below!

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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