Batters routinely buckle when Hayhurst sends Uncle Charlie to do the talking. Knees crack and backs break as hitters scramble to get out of the way.
Hayhurst comes out of a compact delivery to spin a tight curveball that has Barry Zito like action dropping in from the heavens for a strike. It is a go-to pitch that hitters can't seem to find a beat on.
The WWF would be proud of the way Hussey can lay the hammer down. A loopy pitch that has 12-to-6 action, the right-handed Australian has solid command of the pitch – throwing it for a strike when needed while also getting it to fall below the knees for a swinging strike.
What he lacked in 2007 was confidence in the pitch, despite its solid movement and his ability to throw it for strikes in off-counts.
A tight spin on his pretzel makes it a tough pitch for hitters to get any mustard on. Its quick dropping action makes it a true weapon when he is behind in the count and a strikeout pitch when he is ahead.
Inconsistent command of the pitch is the only thing holding him back. He has trouble locating the pitch within the strike zone on a consistent basis and hitters are able to lay off the deuce in hopes of a fastball the next time around.
When his mechanics are consistent and his arm angle stays elevated, Underwood can drop a heavy bender that hitters double-clutch on – tapping their feet multiple times as they wait for the pitch to reach home.
His ability to throw it for strikes makes it a bread-and-butter pitch for the right-hander and its success ties closely to his on a game-by-game basis.
His wicked fish hook gets the opposition rolling over without a reel. Its action down and to the right gives hitters fits and they have a tough time getting the pitch elevated.
With a fine arsenal of pitches at his disposal, Culp is very selective in using the curveball as an out pitch or must-strike pitch. When he needs to, he can also bury the pitch to get hitters reaching outside of their comfort zone.
While his curveball is more of a slurve, it has a devastating effect on the opposition. With his plus fastball, Bush is able to toss in the hook and hitters often sink.
Abandoning the slider in favor of a hook, Perez is just getting its command and feel down. It has the potential to be a plus pitch with its loopy action.
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