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  1. Shields is a righty.

    Comment by David — February 15, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

  2. Get your head out of the spreadsheets, Shakespeare. Shields isn’t a southpaw.

    Comment by Better than You — February 15, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

  3. I’m waiting for “The Best Pitches of 2011: Knuckeball”

    Comment by Michkin — February 15, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

  4. You know, you’re going to confuse a lot of people like me that use TexasLeaguers by using Whiff% like that.

    Comment by Kris — February 15, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

  5. Yeah, a note really needs to be made that you’re using whiffs/swings instead of whiffs over pitches, especially since the player cards on this site use the latter.

    Comment by Nitram Odarp — February 15, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

  6. I’m pretty surprised Tyler Clippard’s change isn’t ranked here. It’s a truly devastating pitch.

    Comment by Phalanx — February 15, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

  7. I’m pretty sure I made the distinction above. We’re terming swinging strike percentage as whiffs per pitch, and and I wanted to add Whiff% too, which I stated was whiffs per swing. But you are right in insinuating that we need to be consistent in the terminology. There are different implications between whiffs/pitch and whiffs/swing.

    Comment by Albert Lyu — February 15, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

  8. Yeah I thought about him, would have added him as the next reliever with a devastating changeup after Madson. Good choice.

    Comment by Albert Lyu — February 15, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

  9. Felix’s off speed pitches are absolutely nasty fans at Safeco need leaves the kids at home when he pitches. What a wicked curve.

    Comment by Josh — February 15, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  10. Hellickson’s motion on his changeup is totally indistinguishable from his fastball motion.

    Comment by bill — February 15, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

  11. Its says righty. You’re a loser.

    Comment by Bryan — February 15, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

  12. That’s called “updating”. High Tech!

    Comment by Someanalyst — February 15, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

  13. I wonder how many of those batters had to go to counseling after striking out on Felix’s changeup. I think I might need it just from watching that video.

    Comment by Bip — February 15, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

  14. I like the concept, I really like the concept. It’s quite a bit easier to wrap your mind around to be honest. I’ve just associate the term with wherever I read it first. In this case, Texas Leaguers.

    With that said, I think speed differential is important with the change-up. Someone awake Dave Allen, because I vaguely recall him writing something on change-up velocity that contradicted home-town hero, Josh Kalk.

    Comment by Kris — February 15, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

  15. This is my favorite thread of the year.

    I’d say more, but I’m a little choked up.

    72% strike rate on a changeup. That is what I refer to as “F***ing with hitters”. Seriously, you are challenging them with something that both of you know they can’t hit.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — February 15, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

  16. me too!

    Comment by R.A. Dickey — February 16, 2012 @ 12:31 am

  17. The swings that he gets on that change as it dives into the dirt are unreal.

    Comment by This guy — February 16, 2012 @ 7:52 am

  18. Where is Strasburg his power-change?
    I mean… a change-up withing the lower 90′s is already unfair but the movement and wiffs it got!

    Comment by Jeroen van Leeuwen — February 16, 2012 @ 10:42 am

  19. Probably not enough pitches thrown in 2011 to qualify for this list.

    Comment by JoeC — February 16, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

  20. I am gonna try to work the word “whiffiest” into a non-baseball conversation at some point just to see what kind of reaction I get.

    Comment by MrBennettar — February 16, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

  21. Get off my lawn, kid.

    Comment by Tim Wakefield — February 17, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

  22. Doesn’t Bard throw like a 91 mph change-up?

    Comment by Dylan — February 17, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

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