Laurila: Matt Bowman, Chaz Roe, and Justus Sheffield on crafting their cutters and sliders

From SABR member David Laurila at FanGraphs on March 31, 2020:

Pitchers learn and develop different pitches, and they do so at varying stages of their lives. It might be a curveball in high school, a cutter in college, or a changeup in A-ball. Sometimes the addition or refinement is a natural progression — graduating from Pitching 101 to advanced course work — and often it’s a matter of necessity. In order to get hitters out as the quality of competition improves, a pitcher needs to optimize his repertoire.

In this installment of the series, we’ll hear from three pitchers — Matt Bowman, Chaz Roe, and Justus Sheffield — on how they learned and developed their sliders and cutters.

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Originally published: April 2, 2020. Last Updated: April 2, 2020.