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Tool Time: Top Changeups

Wade LeBlanc

There is a reason the San Diego Padres teach the changeup to every one of their pitchers. If you need an answer – see Johan Santana. While no one is expecting Santana to come out of the Padres' system, these prospects offer up a junk ball that knocks hitters out of their comfort zone.

Wade LeBlanc Filthy – dirty – foul – and we aren't talking about his laundry. The southpaw has two changeups and both are nasty. Both have late breaking action that keeps hitters off-balance and each is a true swing-and-miss pitch. He has one that will baffle hitters who think it is falling out of the zone or a second that gets them chasing the parachute that is looking to lace the seams with...

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