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
- 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
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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