A couple months ago we looked at Angels pitcher Garrett Richards and his new unorthodox approach to pitching. It’s been a quiet time for this new strategy, but last night it struck again thanks to Marlins rookie phenom Jose Fernandez. No, it wasn’t the eight innings of scoreless pitching that got our attention. It wasn’t the 10 strikeouts either. It wasn’t even this absurdly nasty slider that caused Carlos Quentin to quit baseball.
What made Jose Fernandez’s outing Monday night so special was this one pitch to Chase Headley in the seventh inning…
While Richards went with more of a pushing motion, Fernandez opts for more of a basketball shot approach. He seems to almost flick the ball out of his glove. He does something very unique with his lower half as well, performing some sort of moonwalk-like motion up the side of the mound. The reverse screwball he throws seems to hang up a bit and it is unclear whether Headley puts the bat on the ball.
Just incredible. Let us know if you see something similar.