Carter Capps jumps into spotlight with weird pitching motion

Hitters have been saying forever that a fastball with lots of life jumps at them. Imagine their reactions when a pitcher jumps at them.Anyone who faces Marlins right-hander Carter Capps has to deal not only with high-90s heat, but also a highly distracting motion that gets that fastball to the plate from a much shorter distance. MORE: Baseball's eye-catching walls | Nationals play h

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orrible defense in Boston | Spector's review of ESPN Sunday night crewObserve: Capps' season debut for the Fish on Monday in Atlanta: Is that legal? Barely. He ran into problems at Triple-A this year, .com reported.Capps worked a scoreless, hitless eighth inning, with one strikeout and no walks, in Miami's 3-2 loss.He didn't always pitch like this. The 24-year-old had a conventional motion in 2011, the year he was drafted by the Mariners. His mechanics during the Cape Cod League All-Star Game at Fenway Park that summer:A year later, when he reached the big leagues for Seattle, he still had a normal delivery. Check out his debut at Yankee Stadium:Fast-forward to last year. After a bad 2013 season in Seattle (5.49 ERA, 3.51 BB/9 in 59 innings) and a trade to Miami, Capps decided to shake up things. How he looked in his Marlins debut, again in New York:You can see a Jordan Walden-esque hitch in the giddyup (more on Walden in a minute), but nothing too extreme.Not satisfied with that motion, he went next level this year. From a side session during spring training:Figure he's releasing the ball from, what, 50 feet now? If he can keep all of those moving parts moving in the right direction, then his delivery could be a huge asset.Back to Walden: He has been doing something similar for years. From Cardinals spring training this year:Hey, whatever works.