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Article: Sam Deduno and his "crazy" fastball

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#1 Parker Hageman

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 12:27 PM

You can view the page at http://twinsdaily.co...-crazy-fastball

"You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." -- Jim Bouton, "Ball Four"

#2 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 12:56 PM

This article is hilarious in a variety of ways. Well done, Parker.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 02:02 PM

Looks like he might be a keeper. At least he does not pitch to contact

#4 snepp


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Posted 29 July 2012 - 02:06 PM

At least he does not pitch to contact

He tried to, but missed.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 03:18 PM

"If' it's tough to catch, it's probably hard to hit." Classic line.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 05:03 PM

A KnuckleBaller without the Knuckles. Hmmmm

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 11:17 PM

Great article! I hope that the Twins are giving Deduno good coaching. It appears that he might have a very high upside if he can throw enough strikes.

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 12:09 AM

He tried to, but missed.

Well done, sir.

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 03:13 PM

I haven't seen this guy pitch but this article is extremely encouraging. I've never heard of, or seen, this particular malady before, but this info tells me this kid has a tremendous finish that gives him high rpms. The fact that he is 28 portends against it, but maybe with Anderson's guidance he can learn to control and separate the sinker and cutter. Also, with that f/x spread it's easy to see why his curve is a killer. With that much 93 mph coming up and in, with the batter not knowing if it's coming further in or back over the plate, it takes a very brave man to lean over the plate.

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 06:48 PM

From the other comments I can tell that most have a positive view of Deduno. I am actually pretty sour on him because of the high BB/9 rate. If he can't locate a 4 seamer consistently, that's really unacceptable at any level.