The Nastiest 32 Pitching GIFs of 2018

Poor Jonathan Villar. Fernando Rodney teased him with a two-seamer that looked like a heater down-and-in, every lefty’s sweet spot, only to see it run to the outer edge. Not to mention, this thing came in at 95. Rodney’s fastball goes against a Trevor Bauer slider that, well, makes Daniel Palka look pretty stupid—to put it lightly. This thing dive-bombs into his back foot, and all Palka could muster something best described as a “flailing chop”. But it’s not really on Palka’s fault. There’s a chance Bauer’s found a way to insert his drone tech into both the baseball and his fingertips to create that type of break. (Not actually…but actually.)

Fernando Rodney’s Fastball vs. Trevor Bauer’s Slider


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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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