Pitcher List was founded on the back of filthy pitches, and we strive to bring you the best of the best every day. However, with over 70+ pitches featured every week, there are a lot to sort through. We ask you, the readers, to vote for your favorite every day, and now is your chance to crown the best of the week.
Every week, we will be featuring the top pitches from each day as voted on by the readers. Then, every Tuesday, you’ll have a chance to vote for your favorite for the week. Make your voice heard in the comments, on Twitter, and in our Discord for which pitch you think is the best!
“Last week” includes the first weekend of the season as well, so we have an insane 25 pitches for you to choose from here. Good luck trying to sort through them all and pick only one.
4/1 – Lucas Giolito’s Changeup
This pitch was a heck of a way to welcome everyone back to baseball season. The best player in the league against one of the best young pitchers. A true war of attrition, won by the young gun and his filthy changeup.
4/2 – Chaz Roe’s Slider
Chaz Roe is well known around these parts for his absolutely ridiculous slider. It’s unfortunate that a shoulder injury will rob baseball fans of this wonderful pitch for the next 12 weeks, but I have a feeling we’ll be seeing this a few more times in 2021. Insane.
4/2 – Hirokazu Sawamura’s Splitter
New Red Sox pitcher Hirokazu Sawamura burst onto the scene in his major league debut in Boston’s opener and he’s been a revolution in the bullpen ever since. He’s only allowed one hit on the young season and it looks like his ridiculous splitter, which is averaging 92.6 mph on the year, will be a weapon for the rest of the year.
4/3 – Tanner Houck’s Slider
The youngster earned one start early in the year and dazzled with some of his trademark filthy sliders. He threw the pitch 38% of the time and earned a whopping 50% CSW with it. That’s right, 50%. He’s since been sent back down to Triple-A Worcester, but expect him back at some point this season.
4/3 – Corbin Burnes‘ Cutter
The double-banana (banana = no-hitter) duel between Corbin Burnes and José Berríos has been my favorite game of the year so far, and I’m sure it will rank up there as one of the best all year. Both pitchers were (literally) unhittable from the get-go, striking out opposing batters left and right. Somebody eventually had to budge, and unfortunately for Brewers fans that somebody was Burnes, but it was still a delight for all involved. This filthy 97 mph cutter was just one of many disgusting pitches from Burnes on the night.
4/4 – José Alvarado’s Cutter
José Alvarado has been a weapon in the Phillies’ pen so far this year, earning two wins and a save in his 4.2 innings pitched so far. While Hector Neris remains the closer so far, expect Alvarado to step in and continue earning occasional chances throughout the year with his filthy arsenal.
4/4 – Shohei Ohtani’s Splitter
Another early contender for game of the year was the one man show-hei that Shohei Ohtani put on for everyone during Sunday Night Baseball. The man can literally do it all, both on the mound and at the plate. He also let out some pent up emotion after this critical pitch to strikeout Luis Robert. You truly love to see it.
4/4 – Zach Davies‘ Changeup
Zach Davies isn’t a name that sticks out in my mind when I think about nasty pitches, but he was a finalist for Nastiest Pitch of the Year back in December. That changeup is gross, with a ton of drop and horizontal movement.
4/5 – Adam Ottavino’s Slider
A tradition unlike any other. No, not The Masters. Nick would never let me talk about golf on here! I’m talking about Adam Ottavino’s slider being featured among the Nastiest Pitches. It’s one of those tried and true pitches that always seems to find its way here, and for good reason. It’s disgusting.
4/5 – Dustin May’s Sinker
The people love them some Dustin May sinkers, and for good reason. The pitch gets a ton of horizontal movement and it simply looks disgusting nearly every time. It’s unfortunate that he pitches in so many ballparks with poor camera angles — I would love to see him pitch in Baltimore or Tampa Bay, where the angle would really show off that stuff.
4/5 – Jacob deGrom’s Fastball
4/5 – Miguel Castro’s Sinker
4/6 – Lucas Giolito’s Changeup
4/6 – Miguel Castro’s Sinker
4/7 – Jordan Hicks‘ Sinker
4/7 – Justin Dunn’s Slider
I love this pitch. I love the movement, I love the slo-mo, and I love the ridiculous swing by the reigning AL MVP. Justin Dunn may be a walks machine (eight in this start alone), but he’s got some filthy stuff that could help him turn into a dominant starter if he can figure out some command issues. I can’t wait to see more of him in 2021.
4/7 – Shane Bieber’s Knuckle-Curve
The reigning AL Cy Young winner struck out 12 batters in each of his first two starts of the season, yet only one of his pitches is featured here this week. Are we having Shane Bieber fatigue? Nah, it was just that good of a week in the NP department. This is disgusting, and Kyle Isbel didn’t know what to do with it at all.
4/8 – José Berríos‘ Curveball
This pitch wasn’t from the epic Burnes-Berríos showdown, but it was still super nasty. The bat drop from Dylan Moore is the correct reaction to this filth.
4/8 – Garrett Whitlock’s Changeup
Garrett Whitlock has been fantastic out of the bullpen for Boston so far this season, and between him, Sawamura, and Ottavino, it’s looking like the Red Sox have put together an excellent bullpen in 2021. Now if only they could figure out what to do in the first five innings of the game …
4/9 – Chris Rodriguez’s Knuckle-Curve
Chris Rodriguez is an electric factory on the mound. He features a high-90s sinker with ridiculous movement to go along with this epic knuckle-curve. Between these two pitches, I don’t know how opposing batters are going to hit him at all this season.
4/9 – Johnny Cueto’s Changeup
Johnny Cueto triple-shimmied his way into consideration for Nastiest Pitch of the Week after nearly throwing a complete game last week against the Rockies. This timeless treasure is one of the most entertaining pitchers in the game, and we love to see him have the level of success that he had. Keep it up, Johnny!
4/10 – Jacob deGrom’s Changeup
deGoat makes another appearance on this list. Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be. I’m sure he’ll be here next week too. And the next … and the next …
4/10 – Jimmy Nelson’s Knuckle-Curve
After all of the injuries, all of the inconsistency, will Jimmy Nelson finally develop into a dominant reliever in 2021? I sure hope so. He let out years of frustration after this pitch and he absolutely deserved this moment. Keep it up Jimmy; hopefully we’ll see more of you around these parts this year.
4/11 – Anthony DeSclafani’s Sinker
Here’s a guy you love to root for. Tony “Le Disko” looks to finally be putting it together after a move to the Bay Area. The sinker had a lowly 13% CSW on the day, but we’re only looking for one to be nasty and he sure delivered on this pitch.
4/11 –Kenley Jansen’s Cutter
Kenley Jansen has struggled in the past couple seasons but this 94 mph cutter looks like the Kenley of old. Baseball is more fun when Jansen is dominating batters out of the back end of the Dodgers’ bullpen, so hopefully he has figured something out to return him to his past glory.
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