Mark DeRosa reveals the secret to Framber's nasty curveball
MLB Network's Mark DeRosa does an in-depth breakdown of Framber Valdez's legendary curveball after his historic 25th straight quality start in a season.
I highly recommend watching the video above to get a full sense of what makes this pitch so dominant. But to some it up, Framber's curve looks more like a fastball out of the hand than most curveballs. Meaning, Framber's curveball doesn't have any vertical lift when popping out of his hand, which often lets the hitter know a breaking ball is coming. Valdez's pitch stays on the same level plane longer and has more of a 12-6 break that allows him to use it in more ways, and in different parts of the strike zone. Having the 3rd-highest spin rate in MLB doesn't hurt either.
Mark explains in better than I can, so check it out if you like. Also, you can turn on the closed captioning in the video if you are unable to listen.