Clippers pitcher Tyler Cloyd demonstrates what happens to a pitcher's body and mind when he winds up and lets loose.
The perfect pitch is a combination of physical precision and disciplined concentration. Baseball pitchers tirelessly hone their mechanics to become machines on the mound. Yet all that training is useless without the mental fortitude to concentrate on the task at hand. "You're not going to have perfect mechanics on every pitch, so you try to have good rhythm," Columbus Clippers pitching coach Tony Arnold says. "Nobody can go out and be a robot."