The 2 Big C’s: Command and Change Up

Young pitchers stop worrying about your velocity and start working on your on your command and change up, the Pitching Foundation.  Velocity is the result of building a solid foundation,  a fluid athletic throwing motion and fundamental conditioning to enhance strength, power, balance and agility.  “Build this and it will come.”

A 2-0 count 85-90 mph fastball makes a .250 hitter a .350 hitter.

  • Command controls the count and keeps the hitter guessing
  • Change of Speed/Change Up keeps the hitter off balance.

The 2 keys to pitching:

1. Keep the hitter guessing.
2. Disrupt the hitter’s timing

How to develop Command: Fundamental Steps

1. Develop a fluid athletic throwing motion.

  • A motion which maximizes the use  of the lower body to create a relaxed  arm path to reduce stress on the arm
  • An athletic motion which relies on lower body energy ( ground up) rather than upper body energy (waist up) thereby allowing for a more fluid, efficient and repeatable motion.
  • An athletic motion which thereby enables the pitcher to create a more consistent arm slot and release

2. Playing catch

  • Working on throwing different pitches
  • Throwing to different targets to train the eye

3. Efficient bullpen sessions which

  • Focus on developing fastball command
  • Middle, in/out, high/low

Develop Change Up

1. Start by playing catch

  • Getting familiar with grip and throwing with fastball motion
  • Alternate fastball /change up
  • Begin throwing change up to spots

2. Bullpen

  • Start by throwing 5- 10 change ups at a time
  • Begin to alternate with fastballs
  • Work on change up location ahead and behind in the count
  • Incorporate into pitch selection when throwing to a batter to simulate game situation

Note:
A change up is the most effective change of speed pitch, same release and spin as fastball. A curve ball has the ability to effect a hitters timing (off front foot) and eye level but does not have the same impact as a change up regarding deception as it relates to fastball velocity. The 2nd pitch in a young pitcher’s tool box should and needs to be a change up.

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