JUPITER, Fla. - Cardinals minor league lefty R.J. Swindle peeks back at the radar gun just like most other pitchers when on the mound.
But he's hoping for a much different result.
While most dream of reaching triple digits or throwing in the high 90's, Swindle aims to break the 50 MPH barrier. And not over it. Under it.
The crafty lefty possesses a swooping curveball that floats up to the plate about as slow as possible - clocked in his first appearance Monday as slow as 54 MPH.
"That was actually a little hard, 54 is a little harder than I want it," Swindle said. "I think I got it down to 48 MPH last year. I wanted to break the 50 barrier the opposite way and I did. It's a fun pitch to throw.
"I haven't really seen many, if anyone, get it down as low as I can."
Swindle enters his first year in the Cardinals organization after spending the past two seasons with the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. The 28-year-old has nine career big league appearances, three with the ...