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Tool Time: Top Sliders

Greg Burke

Everyone has seen a hitter chase a pitch in the dirt. Even the best bats succumb and it is the markings of a good slider that has a batter looking the fool. These San Diego Padres' prospects sport the best sliders in the system.

1. John Madden With his arm-angle and the natural movement on his slider, right-handed hitters don't stand a chance. Madden comes out of left field with his arm slot and the ball tails down and away to righties. If they let the ball goes it has a knack for clipping the outside corner as it goes over the plate – even though it may appear way outside by the time it hits the glove. 2. Jared...

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