The "Vulcan changeup
" is a type of pitch
that is thrown by gripping the ball between the middle
and ring fingers
. The pitch is thrown with a normal arm velocity, but comes to the plate
off-speed like a changeup
, often with a slight screwball
action, biting down and in on right-handed batters
when thrown by a right-handed pitchers
. Current major leaguers who employ the Vulcan change include Justin Speier
, Guillermo Mota
, Jason Young
, and Tom Glavine
relief ace Eric Gagne
is the undisputed master.
The pitch derives its name, of course, from the "live long and prosper" Vulcan hand gesture made famous by Star Trek's Mr. Spock.