The Nastiest 32 Pitching GIFs of 2018

Adam Ottavino slid a pair of breaking balls into the final tournament of 2018. No. 1 made it all the way to the finals of the fourth quarter tourney, thanks to Dansby Swanson swinging foolishly at a pitch that finished at the dead-center of the left-handed batter’s box. No. 2 was a bit different. Ottavino essentially threw his slider at Michael A. Taylor’s left elbow and let it plop right on the inside edge. That’s not saying Ottavino’s throwing at guys, but he might be using other players’ fear of being hit to his advantage. (He’s kind of like the DC Comics villain Scarecrow, if you’re into that sort of thing.)

Adam Ottavino’s Slider #1 vs.Adam Ottavino’s Slider #2

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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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