06-28-2013, 11:41 AM
Samuel Deduno likes to refer to his fastball as “crazy”, hinting that the pitch has a mind of its own.
As opponents haplessly attempt to put wood on it, Deduno’s fastball also confuses the Pitchf/x computer system. Deduno’s movement – the diving, the darting, the running, et cetera -- tricks the system into believing he has multiple variations of a fastball. Plenty of those offerings are bucketed as cut fastballs. However, when asked about his fastball last year, catcher Joe Mauer confirmed that it is the same four-seam fastball
with unpredictable movement.