This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
I spend a good amount of time each spring tracking new pitches in spring training. The beauty of it is we get to see rather quickly if the talk of new pitches is just something to pass the time in March, or if it is a hint at a real change to come in the regular season.
The benefits of a new pitch can be best explained by Kirby Yates. Yates was designated for assignment by the Rays, Yankees and Angels before sticking with the Padres as a dominant reliever. Yates was in the process of adding his splitter before the Angels gave up on him too quickly, but he got the pitch right with San Diego and has been lights out since.
A few weeks back, I focused on the importance of the new pitch for each of the pitchers that appeared on the list. Let's look at who is using their new pitch, who has hinted at it, and who left the new pitch back in Arizona or Florida.
Using the New Pitch