Video: This Is Probably Maikel Cleto’s Two-Seamer

Listen, bespectacled reader, we don’t need to discuss the specific course of events that have led me to watch the above footage — from a June 2011 baseball game between the Cardinals and Giants — this footage of Maikel Cleto striking out Nate Schierholtz over and over and over again on a frigid Wisconsin night. Let’s just all agree that it’s the sort of thing that’d happen to anyone who happens to find himself with a digestif in one hand and a computer mouse in the other.

In any case, please take this opportunity to welcome both Maikel Cleto and what is probably his 92 mph two-seam fastball into your world. And your pants, too. If you’re into that sort of thing.

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7 Responses to “Video: This Is Probably Maikel Cleto’s Two-Seamer”

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  1. Yirmiyahu says:

    The pitch does move quite a bit, but it never looked like a strike in the first place.

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  2. AustinRHL says:

    If PitchF/X says that his four-seamer averages 98 mph, I don’t think a 92-mph pitch can be called his two-seamer. I guess that makes it some sort of weird poorly-differentiated changeup.

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    • Yirmiyahu says:

      While they match up pretty well on his other three pitches (a 98 MPH fastball, an 85 MPH slider, and a 83-84 MPH curveball), Pitch f/x and BIS classifications disagree about what to call this 91-92 MPH pitch. BIS thinks it’s a changeup; pitch f/x thinks its a two-seamer.

      Using the Google, I see all the scouting reports call it a changeup, so that’s probably it.

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  3. manbearpig says:

    What is your preferred digestif, Mr. Cistulli? Personally, I enjoy a nice Pernod and water.

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