The Nastiest Pitches From April Tournament: Exciting Eight

Which pitch will be crowned the Nastiest Pitch of April?

Every day we bring you the nastiest pitches of the previous night’s games, and there are a bunch to sift through for our weekly Nastiest Pitch series to determine which pitches are the nastiest of the week. We’ve since narrowed it down to sixteen of the very best pitches from the previous month, and it’s up to you to determine which pitch will be crowned the Nastiest Pitch of April.

Vote for one pitch in each matchup, and be sure to come back on Tuesday to vote in the next round. Every vote counts, and your opinion matters!


Image by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns on Twitter)


4/26 – Justin Lawrence’s Slider (1)






4/23 – Matt Brash’s Slider (2)




Justin Lawrence’s slider had no issue with its’ first-round opponent, while Matt Brash’s slider barely squeaked by its’ opponent… which was also Matt Brash’s slider. It’s the battle of the sliders in this Exciting Eight matchup!


Which Pitch Was Nastier?


4/23 – Devin Williams‘ Changeup (4)






4/29 – Tanner Houck’s Slider (2)




Another slider made the cut in Tanner Houck’s slider, and it’s facing off against a pitch that easily upset a number one seed in round one. Devin Williams‘ changeup was absolutely filthy, but it still probably isn’t the nastiest he’s ever thrown, which is a scary proposition for NL Central hitters.


Which Pitch Was Nastier?


4/7 – Kyle Hendricks‘ Changeup (1)






4/8 – Jhoan Duran’s Splitter (3)




Speaking of the NL Central, Kyle Hendricks‘ changeup cruised to a first-round victory but faces off against arguably the nastiest pitch in all of baseball right now. Is this splitter from Jhoan Duran’s MLB Debut nastier than Hendricks’ changeup from opening day?


Which Pitch Was Nastier?


4/22 – Kyle Wright’s Sinker (1)






4/27 – Pablo López’s Changeup (2)




Our final matchup is between two up-and-coming NL East aces. Pablo López has a longer track record of success than Kyle Wright has, but has López ever had a game where he looked as dominant as Wright did on April 22nd against the Marlins? I’m not sure. Luckily, this vote is only to decide which of these two pitches is nastier, so you don’t have to make any lofty decisions here today.


Which Pitch Was Nastier?


Tune in on Tuesday for the Filthy Four, and don’t forget to let us know in the comments if your favorite pitch deserves some love!


(Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns on Twitter)

Ben Brown

Ben is a lifelong resident of the great state of Maine who loves the wild and wacky intricacies of baseball. During the summer months, you'll find him either in the woods at a golf course or floating on the water upta camp, both with a local beer in hand and a game on the radio.

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