change·​up | \ ˈchānj-ˌəp How to pronounce changeup (audio) \

Definition of changeup

: a slow pitch in baseball thrown with the same motion as a fastball in order to deceive the batter

Examples of changeup in a Sentence

The batter struck out on a changeup.

Recent Examples on the Web

His arsenal includes a 93- to 95-mph fastball, a wipeout slider and an improved changeup. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Names to watch: Breaking down the Mariners’ Top 15 prospects for 2019," 27 Mar. 2019 The Reds believe Harvey has the weapons to at least have a chance to compete: a fastball usually around 92 miles an hour, with a decent changeup. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "A No-Hitter Brings Out Canadian Pitching Pride," 12 May 2018 Six of his strikeouts were through his changeup, which the Mets (18-16) flailed at as the ball spun through the strike zone. Bobby Nightengale,, "Solid start by Luis Castillo, Eugenio Suarez's bat lift Cincinnati Reds past Mets," 8 May 2018 His changeup was beneath the zone and away the whole day. Jeff Sanders,, "Wild Lamet off the mark in Padres loss," 20 Aug. 2017 And the one pitch that’s going to take him over the top is a more consistent changeup. Dom Amore,, "Yard Goats Peter Lambert Out-Duels Mets Prospect Justin Dunn," 17 June 2018 Cashner’s first pitch of the inning was an elevated changeup over the middle of the plate that Phillies second baseman César Hernández hit over the scoreboard in right field to tie the game. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Rain-soaked series dampens Orioles' momentum with 4-1 loss to Phillies," 16 May 2018 Bour hit an elevated changeup for his second home run. Jon Meoli,, "Only homers are hurting Dylan Bundy as Orioles starter rolls on," 17 June 2018 His fourth pitch was an elevated changeup Whit Merrifield scorched for a single to open the game. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Dallas Keuchel, Astros top Royals for 10th straight victory," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of changeup

circa 1943, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of changeup

baseball : a slow pitch that is thrown with the same motion as a fastball in order to fool the batter

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