[quote=“Pustulio”]Well that’s not always the case, Haeger came up through the minors with it and Fernandez over in Japan has been throwing it his whole life. The Niekroa already had it before becoming renowned for it. Wilhelm had always thrown it. Sean Flaherty and Andrew Connor both pitched in college with the knuck at University of Miami and Savannah State University.
I’ve been throwing it for a long time and that’s mostly what my coach has me throw. I’m a first baseman for the most part but I do pitch as well like many people at lower level baseball I’m not just a pitcher. I’ll be honest if I go anywhere it’ll probably be as a 1st baseman because I can hit and I can field.
I do work on my fastball, a knuckleballer has to because the fastball mechanics are the foundation of any pitch how else do you think it’s possible to throw a ball 55 to 70 mph with a grip such as that of a knuckleball when the average human being can only throw a ball around 40-50 mph?
I guess I kind of answered my own question by mentioning Flaherty and Connor because they did pitch in college with it. I actually used to talk to Andrew Connor a lot but I haven’t talked to him in a long time since he wrecked his elbow and had to stop playing baseball.[/quote]
Haeger was drafted out of high school based on a hard fastball, he didn’t have a knuckleball yet. He developed it after arm trouble and not being able to get anybody out.