Uncle Charlie. No. 2. The Hammer. Public Enemy No. 1. The Deuce. No matter what you call it, the curveball is probably the most "famous" pitch in all of baseball. It's usually the first pitch taught to young players, even if it is hell on their elbows, and was the topic of a joke from the best baseball movie ever made: "Major League."
The curveball, however, appears to be less common among major leaguers -- at least in the Dodgers' system. Sure, Clayton Kershaw still has one of the best curves in the game and Chad Billingsley still throws it rather frequently.
When thrown well, it's still an effective offering (which can be said about any pitch). However, pitchers seem to be leaning toward the slider and the cut fastball.
The Dodgers have more than a few pitchers in the system who throw potentially plus curveballs, including three of my Top 11 prospects for 2013. It's actually refreshing to see.
Just a funny note: all the players on this list are starting pitcher...