Ivan Nova has become an important part of the New York Yankee rotation. Looking back at his…
Scouting Playoff Pitchers: Ivan Nova
Fastball: 92-95 MPH
Slider: 84-87 MPH
Curveball: 78-81 MPH
Changeup: 85-88 MPH
The Skinny: Somewhere during his time in the minors, Ivan Nova made his slider into a major weapon. He has a chance to be a legitimate strikeout pitcher now, and not just a pitcher who relies on his heavy sinking fastball. It's gives him an out pitch to go to now if hitters start to square up that plus fastball.
His curveball is less of a swing and miss offering, and his changeup has progressed to be a solid-average offering. Watch the slider closely, though. If he has it going, he can neutralize the big left-handed bats.
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