For the first time since 2015, right-hander Carter Capps pitched in a big-league game on Monday night. Capps missed the entire 2016 season and the start of the 2017 season following Tommy John surgery. He pitched for the Marlins from 2014-15, then was traded to the Padres at least year's trade deadline in the Andrew Cashner deal. When we last saw Capps, he was a truly dominant setup man who struck out 58 batters in 31 innings with Miami in 2015. His numbers before his elbow gave out were insane: 31 IP, 18 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 BB, 58 K. That's a 16.8 K/9 with an 8.29 K/BB ratio. Like I said, insane. Capps was as good as any reliever in baseball in those 31 innings. Also, when we last saw Capps, he had an incredibly unique delivery in which he literally jumped at the opposing hitter. He'd push off with his back foot, jump down the mound, and release the ball that much closer to the plate. Here's video of his jump step delivery.
Carter Capps returns to MLB with a slightly different delivery and much less velocity
CBS Sports | Aug 9