Hey all. Pustulio’s knuckleball video inspired me to do something similar. What I am trying to find out with this video is how difficult this pitch is to learn. This is a “feel” pitch that came pretty naturally to me so I am not sure of it’s “teachability”. It kind of developed for me out of trial and error and completely changed my career. I went from a back of the rotation righty throwing in the mid 80’s with no strike out pitch to speak of, to finally having a legit breaking pitch I could throw to lefty’s and righty’s. After adding a few mph’s and getting to upper 80’s topping at 90 the addition of this pitch turned me into our #1 and a DII first team all-american and leading the nation in W’s. Not trying to toot my horn here, just saying that it truly changed my career. Here’s what I consider to be the biggest advantages with the cutter:
late subtle break makes this a “bad contact” pitch and great in double play situations. Pitching to contact also creates early count outs. Crash Davis once told me that strikeouts are boring and fascist, I would agree.
Minimal supination helps protect the elbow and fastball wrist action at release helps disguise the pitch. Opposing hitters in intersquad games would always comment on how it looked just like a FB out of the hand.
Anyways, for those of you who like to experiment please give this a shot and let me know what you think. Feel free to ask questions if there is something that you aren’t quite getting.