Diamondbacks Pitcher Zac Gallen Created An Entirely New Pitch And Even He Was Confused

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have not been very good in recent years.

In fact, they haven’t finished over .500 since the 2019 MLB season.

On the other hand, DBacks starter Zac Gallen has been very, very good.

Gallen has quietly been one of the best starters in baseball for a number of seasons now. The 27-year-old has posted an ERA under 3.00 in four of his five Major League seasons. He finished in the top 1o of the National League Cy Young voting in both 2020 and 2022, and he’s off to a fabulous start again this season.

The righty has a 4-1 record on the young season with a 2.15 ERA and a league-best strikeout-to-walk ratio of 10.20. He’s truly an ace.

But even Gallen amazed himself with what he did on Wednesday night against the Kansas City Royals. Gallen struck out 12 and walked none as part of a 6 1/3-inning shutout performance en route to a 2-0 win. But it was one pitch, in particular, that had fans and players alike in disbelief.

Gallen was facing Royals first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino in the top of the sixth inning with a 1-1 count. He reared back to throw the ball, but what came out of his hand was unlike anything we or Paquantino have seen before.

Gallen throws four pitches: A four-seam fastball, a knuckle curve, a changeup and a cutter.

This was none of the above. It somehow end up coming out of his hand as both a cutter and a changeup. And Pasquantino was absolutely baffled. He swung and missed. The catcher completely whiffed, and poor umpire took it on the chin.

Gallen had no idea what he had just thrown.

And after the game, Pasquantino said that he’d “never been more confused in my life.”

Zac Gallen is already one of the best pitchers in baseball. Now he may have taken his game to an even higher level.