Joe Jacques looks to unique deception

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - With Joe Jacques on the mound for Indianapolis, hitters have a unique challenge.

The 2018 33rd rounder is a tall and wiry left-handed pitcher, who throws from a unique side arm slot. He has been throwing from that slot his entire professional career.

“My junior year of college I switched [to that arm slot],“ Jacques said. “I’ve stayed there since. I was a starter in college. I think that arm slot, when it was not as good of a competition, plays easier. I think that’s why it stuck. I’ve just grown fond of it and it’s been working.“

As expected, deception is a key part of the plan for Jacques.

“They don’t see that [type of deception] often, especially from a lefty,” Jacques said. “It just makes it that much harder for the batter to pick up and that much easie...



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The difference in him having a long major league career and perhaps just getting a cup of coffee could be the three-batter rule. Hoping, of course, he’s able to find a pitch that helps him get righties out. Or maybe, with that kind of dominance against lefties, you bring him in when there are a couple of lefties due up and pitch around the right-handed bat.


Maybe he should chat with Teke.

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