TAFT, California —— Taft College right-handed pitcher Chase Nistor doesn’t just throw a splitter (although he does throw that, and you can read about it here); the Canadian is a sinker/slider type of pitcher with the command profile to swing between starting and late-game roles as he’s been doing in 2017 with the Cougars. He’s not missing a lot of bats right now, even with the intriguing splitter, but he’s pitched pretty well and he’s developing some pitchability in a difficult league before he heads out to NAIA school Indiana Tech in the fall.
As you can see above in the video, his mechanics are relatively free and easy, and he’s consistent in his delivery respective to fastball and off-speed offerings. Take a look at some GIFs of Nistor throwing, below, to get an even better idea of his delivery based on each pitch:
Building consistency in both of his off-speed offerings—splitter and slider—must be next on the table for Nistor. His fastball is fine, and the command and velocity there will continue to develop naturally. Both his slider and splitter have, at times, shown tangible downward tilt and bite to them when thrown properly. He stays on top of each of those pitches well with consistent mechanics.
And yet each of those pitches also has a tendency to flatten out at times, too. If he can consistently prove depth with the off-speed pitches, he’ll quickly become a go-to ground ball machine and miss a few bats, and that will fare well at the four-year level. .
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