Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell had a breakout season in 2018. After leading the American League with victories (21) and ERA (1.89), he became one of the leading candidates for the AL Cy Young Award. Snell competes against pitchers like Justin Verlander of Houston Astros and Corey Kluber of Cleveland Indians, both of whom have won the award in recent years.[RELATED1
Snells overall league victory came not only against bad teams. He went 9: 2 with an ERA of 2:00 against the teams with the top five most rated offenses in baseball: the New York Yankees, the Houston Astros, the Oakland Athletics, the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians. Not bad for a 25 year old in his third season in the majors.
Snell joined a special club this season and became only the seventh pitcher since 1920, who won 20 games, had an ERA of less than 2.00 and did everything at 25 or younger – Snell will be in December 26 Years old – according to MLB.com. He also reached the top 5 of the American League in the strikeouts per 9 innings (K / 9 11.01) after posting 221 strikeouts in just 180.2 innings.
Snell took some time to talk with us about how he dominated the Hitter in the 2018 season, and showed us how to fill some of the fields that helped him.
In the video, Snell also talks about:
- How he takes his fastball
- Why his fastball was his most effective pitch
- Why he throws his slider against left-hand thug
- How does he use his? Circle to Dumbbells
The AL Cy Young Prize will be announced on November 14th.