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Friday, July 19, 2019

How a Gyroscopic Slider Remade Luke Jackson

If it wasn’t for gravity, the pitch would travel on a straight line into the catcher’s glove. But the effect of gravity causes the pitch to “fall off the table” or break downward. While it might look like a curveball to the average viewer, the pitch rotates laterally as opposed to end-over-end towards the hitter. The pitch to Harper that Jackson showed to Hezel was exactly that: a vertical-breaking, gyroscopic slider. He just didn’t know it at the time.

Jackson first learned this slider early in 2018 from his Triple-A pitching coach while fiddling with his “spiked” curveball grip early in 2018. Months later, he arrived at Driveline, looking to understand and develop the pitch to its full potential. “I really wanted to see why [my slider] is good,” Jackson says. Adopting the pitch inflated his strikeout rate to 42% at Triple-A in 2018, but at times it became inconsistent. Jackson’s subsequent development of the pitch showcases the new age of pitch development and how technology has accelerated learning beyond reliance on thoughts and feelings.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 19, 2019 at 11:47 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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