Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through Spring Training 2021, the We Love Baseball crew reviews the Nastiest Pitches from the previous few days’ games in glorious high-definition GIFs. We want to bring you the highest caliber of nastiness possible, so if you see a nasty pitch, please tell us about it. You can tweet @PitcherList to let us know, and we’ll give you a shout-out here in the article if your tip makes the cut.
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Kyle Hendricks‘ Curveball
“The Professor” was at work on Thursday afternoon as Kyle Hendricks dropped this gorgeous curveball on the inside corner catching Garrett Hampson looking. While the final stat line may not have been what he was looking for, Hendricks displayed his usual pinpoint accuracy painting the corners as he builds towards Opening Day.
Gerrit Cole’s Knuckle Curveball
Gerrit Cole displayed his ace-like stuff on Thursday, going three innings allowing only one run while striking out five. This one was his first of the game dropping a knuckle-curve down catching Rhys Hoskins swinging through it. As a Yankees fan, this is always very nice to see.
Aaron Nola’s Changeup
Aaron Nola dropped plenty of pitches on Thursday that could have been eligible for this article. However, the one that stood out the most to me was this changeup dropping in on Kyle Higashioka, which he swung right through and out in front of it.
Mitch Keller’s Fastball
While Todd Frazier stared on the mic on Thursday afternoon, we saw Mitch Keller in action Thursday trying to rebuild the intrigue we had for him in fantasy over the past season. Here we fired a 96 mph fastball up right past the swinging Yusniel Diaz.