GIFPost: Skip Schumaker can throw a 90 MPH fastball, changeup, and a curveball
When games get towards the very latest stages, or the deficit is so large that it’s just a matter of recording outs. When that happens, sometimes we are blessed with the happening of a position player taking the hill for an inning. Enter Skip Schumaker, one career MLB inning in 2011 when he was in St. Louis in 2011. I wonder how much Ryan Wheeler, Michael Cuddyer, and Jonathan Herrera will owe in kangaroo court when they get fined for recording an out against a position player that pitched.
Schumaker’s four-seam fastball is not a horrible pitch, even if it’s straight as an arrow:
He’s actually in pretty good position to field a comebacker, I mean, for someone that doesn’t pitch.
You’ll have to take my word for it on the 90, I know I didn’t show it, because it was nowhere close to the strike zone.
Skip threw a changeup, one that dropped pretty well, and others that just stayed straight
Kind of interesting movement on this one, where it goes left, then right at the end, I believe BrooksBaseball classified this pitch as a knuckleball. It certainly had some interesting movement.
That pitch’s movement is a little deceiving due to the way it was received, but Skip’s changeup isn’t as horrible as I thought it was when I watched it. It has a little movement, but sometimes it was also pretty straight.
Skip also flashed has one curveball for us, unfortunately it was against Carlos Gonzalez so he got a base hit off of it
After the inning ended, no runs allowed after having the bases loaded, Skip could smile about it a little.
The only people that may have been rooting against Schumaker were the biggest fans of the Rockies players that had to go up against him. You don’t want them getting out against that guy! For everybody else though, this is always a lot of fun to watch.