2018. Here’s how he grips some of the pitches that helped him get
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell had a breakout season in
2018, and after leading the American League in wins (21) and ERA
(1.89), he’s become one of the leading candidates to win the AL Cy
Young Award. Snell is up against pitchers like
Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros and Corey Kluber of the
Cleveland Indians, who both won the award in previous years.
Snell’s league-leading win total didn’t just come against
bad teams, either. He went 9-2 with a 2.00 ERA against the teams
with the five highest-scoring offenses in baseball: the New York
Yankees, Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, and
Cleveland Indians. Not bad for a 25-year-old in his third season in
Snell joined a special club with his performance this season,
becoming just the seventh pitcher since 1920 to win 20 games, have
an ERA lower than 2.00, and do it all at 25 years old or
younger—Snell will turn 26 in December—according
to MLB.com. He also ranked in the top-5 in the American League
in strikeouts per 9 Innings (K/9 11.01) after putting up 221
strikeouts in just 180.2 innings pitched.
Snell took some time to speak with us about how he dominated
hitters during the 2018 season, showing us how he grips some of the
pitches that helped him get it done.
In the video, Snell also talks about:
- How he grips his fastball
- Why his fastball has been his most effective pitch
- Why he throws his slider against lefty hitters
- How he uses his circle changeup to fool hitters
The AL Cy Young award will be announced on November 14.
Source: FS – All – Fitness – News
Video: MLB Pitcher Blake Snell Reveals the Secrets Behind His Most Powerful Pitches