Screwballs are one of the most difficult pitches to throw because the action takes place in two different directions. The ball is thrown with a low two-seamer action that goes up and down, which the catcher has to quickly read. The ball is then thrown with a higher, sweeping action that comes in from the right to the left side of the plate.
While the screwball is very effective, it can be very hard to throw for major league pitchers. They don’t really throw it as much due to how effective the pitch is. It can be hard to throw because it is hard to catch the pitch.
What Does the Screwball Pitch Do?
The pitch is thrown with the arm completely over the head and is thrown down and away. The ball looks like a classic screwball when it’s thrown right, and then a loopy-looking curveball when it’s thrown left. It’s thrown with a lot of arm speed, with a lot of spin, and with a high ceiling.
How to Grip / Throw a Screwball Pitch?
This grip usually works well for throwing a sinker pitch. The grip and stride used for throwing a screwball pitch is very similar to the grip and stride used for throwing a sinker pitch, except you should grip the baseball with your thumb and index finger.
Throwing a knuckleball is tough because it requires both command and control. The pitch is not a true knuckleball as it does not have a finger-shaped seam. Instead, the knuckleball is more of a submarine pitch that is difficult to throw because it can be harder to release. Furthermore, the pitch has lots of movement and tends to break apart.
How Similar is the Pitch to Other Breaking Balls?
A pitch’s velocity is measured in miles per hour but “rotation” is measured in revolutions per minute (RPM). For example, a pitch can be described as having an average rotation of four to six revolutions per minute. The best way to describe a screwball is that it is a pitch that is thrown from high to low and has a sharp break in its path.
Why isn’t the Screwball Popular Anymore for Pitchers to Throw?
Since the screwball is different from more traditional breaking balls, it could be said that there are some similarities in the throwing mechanics. The pitcher who is able to throw a good one will throw a change up, a slurve, a hard curve, and a change up, which is kind of like a screwball.
Baseball is a good sport which requires skill and technique to master. To play a good game, the pitchers have to be able to throw a good pitch at a precise time during the game so that the batter will be in the best position to hit the ball. And the batter must be able to make good contact with the pitch at the right time in order to execute a good swing. The pitcher is not always the best judge of what the batter may do. The only certainty is that it is much more difficult to hit a pitch than it is to be hit by a pitch.
The Best Screwball Pitchers in MLB History
Carl Hubbell is the most famous pitcher ever recorded for screwballing and he is considered one of the greatest pitchers of all time. He was able to record over 250 wins during his career and his average of three is considered an outstanding career.
Conclusion on the Screwball Pitch
The fastball isn’t really an effective pitch anymore. Especially in today’s game where hitters want to swing for the fences. You see a lot of low 90’s and high 80’s. The trick is to throw pitches inside and out that get hitters to swing and miss with their power rather than have their hitter make contact and pop it up with a line drive or a groundout.
One example of a pitcher who can throw a fadeaway pitch is Noah Syndergaard. He has made a huge improvement in his pitching repertoire the past two seasons. He is almost like the pitching version of Alex Rodriguez. He has made himself into a legitimate major league starter.