Video of Phil Hughes Talkin Grips and Changeups

Here we have a quick 3:15 video of Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes discussing the grips he uses on his pitches and some of the different changeup techniques he’s using. The video was shot by Marc Carig of The Star-Ledger.

Very cool stuff, especially if you are not familiar with pitching grips, hell, even if you are familiar it’s pretty cool. You definitely want to check this one out.

Bonus: After watching that video, what grip is Hughes using in the picture above?

Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes shows how he holds the ball

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4 Responses to Video of Phil Hughes Talkin Grips and Changeups

  1. smurfy says:

    Why, that looks like the four seam fastball.

    Rob, I was surprised to hear him say that you want to bury the changeup in your hand, to take off velocity. Thanks to Marc's further questions, he talked more about changeup grips, and said it just comes natural to some guys, been throwing it since they were kids.

    Very cool, dudes.

  2. smurfy says:

    Though, it may be the cutter. Hard to tell, for bonus points. The stress is getting to me.

  3. That's got to be his four-seamer because his thumb is directly underneath his fingers. It would be more off to the side if it were a cutter.

    As for the changeup, the idea of burying it deep in your hand is so that you can throw it with the same arm speed as your fastball, but the friction of your hand will cause it to slow down a bit. So it's slower than your fastball and even will drop a bit towards the end.

    I've heard that for some guys the changeup just comes more naturally to them. But then guys like Edwar Ramirez say they've worked very hard to perfect their pitch and guys who have spent extensive time rehabbing usually have better changeups. The reason is because they throw it so often while rehabbing because it causes less pressure on your arm.

    So it is something that some guys will naturally feel more comfortable with, but at the same time it does take a lot of work to perfect. With Hughes, it's certainly taking him some time to perfect it, years even, but that's not to say that he won't eventually have a good one.

  4. smurfy says:

    Burnett, Monday, threw the changeup and I finally figured out what it was. Scoots crazy right just before the plate. He's onto sweetness.