The 8 Nastiest Pitches From Monday

The Nastiest Pitches from Monday's games

Every morning, the We Love Baseball crew reviews the Nastiest Pitches from the previous day’s games. If you see something you think should be included here be sure to tweet @PitcherList to let us know. Or, if you’re a PL+ Member and part of our Discord, shout it out in the Nastiest Pitches channel.

Yimi García’s Sweeper 

García only throws his sweeper 10% of the time. When you see pitches like this you wonder why? This one looks more like it got a lot of horizontal break, but his sweeper averages 99th percentile iVB. PLV also loves it, considering it 85th percentile.

Shota Imanaga’s Sweeper

Imanaga has such a good fastball-splitter combination that his sweeper will cause a lot of swings like this. It has a 93rd percentile O-Swing%. It also generates a ton of groundballs (97th percentile).

José Soriano’s Sinker

A 100 mph sinker on the corner is nearly unhittable. No matter this placement was probably more luck than skill from Soriano’s imprecise arm. His sinker only has 27th percentile Total Break, but that velo means it still has 84th percentile wOBA and 78th percentile ICR.

Cristopher Sánchez’s Changeup

Sánchez is known for his very good changeup. It averages 18.2″ iHB (92nd percentile), and this one gets about 20″. That explains Alonso’s futile hack. I find changeups to be maybe the most visually appealing pitches.

Kutter Crawford’s Kutter

It’s fortunate that Crawford has a good cutter. It has 86th percentile Total Break and just a 41.5% Zone% (19th percentile). The movement makes it difficult for hitters to lay off it though, as it has 83rd percentile O-Swing%.

Adam Ottavino’s Sweeper

Ottavino is known for his cross-body sweeper that gets tons of horizontal movement, but this shows his veteran craftiness. It looks more like a hard knuckle curve than a sweeper. It confuses Harper too.

Hayden Wesneski’s Cutter

PLV loves Wesneski’s cutter, grading it as 96th percentile. It has 91st percentile Total Break, 88th percentile Extension, and he still manages to average 88.6 mph. Maybe he should throw it more than 10%?

Mitch Keller’s Sweeper

Heavy on the sweepers tonight. This is my favorite. Overall, Keller has been good this year. The sweeper has been OK for him, but it’s not the reason for his success. Every once in awhile though a pitcher will snap off something unexpectedly nasty like this.

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Photos courtesy of Icon Sportswire
Adapted by Kurt Wasemiller (@KUWasemiller on Twitter / @kurt_player02 on Instagram


Andrew Krutz

Andrew writes for Pitcher List and is a lifelong New York Yankees fan. During the warmer months he can be found playing vintage baseball in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York.

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