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Tool Time: Top Sliders

Mike Ekstrom

A pitch that moves both laterally and down provides varying angles and changing eye levels to a batter. Being able to throw it for a strike and bury it in the dirt, ala Jake Peavy, with the same motion as a fastball can be deadly. These San Diego Padres prospects are hoping to slide their way to the top.

Greg Burke An increase in velocity on his fastball also came with more speed on his slider. While it had been a ground ball machine in the past, he was able to use it effectively as a strikeout pitch this season. Snapping the slider off with deadly precision early in the year led to a lot of strikeouts and weak grounders. Its tight spin and movement left hitters swinging over top of the ball... Recommended Stories

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