DUNEDIN, FLA. - R.A. Dickey’s dancing, diving, devious knuckleball has been the talk of Blue Jays camp and now Dickey’s gone high tech to try to make it even better.
Dickey had catcher Erik Kratz outfitted with a high-definition camera attached to his mask for his Wednesday bullpen session to better analyze his delivery.
“The more information for me, the better,” said Dickey, after throwing about 40 pitches. “It’s good to get that unique perspective. When you can put a camera on top of a catcher’s mask, I can really see my body as it comes down the slope, see mechanically what it does. That camera in particular is high definition so I can see even rotation and things like that. It gives me great feedback which is why I wanted to use it.”
For a variety of reasons, Dickey is way ahead of where he was at this point last year, his first with the Blue Jays. The knuckling action of his pitches is dramatically more pronounced than it was a year ago.