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MLB Pitchers with Great ChangeupsGuide Started By FilterJ... on September 2013 Last Updated on August 2016 | 10 Contributions | Comments
What is a changeup?
"A changeup is a type of pitch in baseball. The changeup is the staple off-speed pitch, usually thrown to look like a fastball but arriving much slower to the plate. Its reduced speed coupled with its deceptive delivery is meant to confuse the batter's timing . . . A changeup is generally thrown 8–15 miles per hour slower than a fastball. If thrown correctly, the changeup will confuse the batter because the human eye cannot discern that the ball is coming significantly slower until it is around 30 feet from the plate. For example, a batter swings at the ball as if it was a 90 mph fastball but it is coming at 75 mph which means he is swinging too early to hit the ball well, making the changeup very effective."
The two most common types of changeups are the straight change and the circle change. Several other variations exist such as the palm ball, vulcan change, and fosh. Some consider the split-fingered fastball to be a type of changeup.
What makes for a good changeup?
- Whiffs, induced by large speed differentials between the fastball and changuep.
- Groundballs, induced by sinking action and smaller speed differential.
Why certain pitchers' changeups are particularly effective
A good changeup is about grip and delivery. There are many different grips and many variations on each grip. Good changeup pitchers will experiment for many months until they find the most effective grip for them. More important is the delivery, which ideally will appear identical to the fastball delivery with the exception of the grip.
Each player featured here is ranked as one of the greatest changeup pitchers in the major leagues.