To Learn to Pitch requires a dedication few players are willing to actually commit to. Sure the kid who threw the hardest was the automatic pitcher and star of the team, and in most cases they were great athletes.
Then reality begins to set in and those hitters he used to blow pitches by are now driving them into the gaps. Baseball is a strange game of leap frog … the pitcher will dominate, then the hitters catch up and surpass the pitchers, only to have the pitchers jump back on top by developing new & different pitches.
It’s normally within these hitter catch up years that the young strong arm pitcher becomes a shortstop or right fielder, but not all of them. Some stay the course and these are the players we must teach to hone their skills, not saying we didn’t give our undivided attention to the pitcher turned right fielder. But as long as we, as coaches, don’t do something stupid, like having a young player throw breaking pitches too early, we’ve done no harm.
Speed, as in foot speed is for a base stealer is also great for a pitcher. The 95 mph pitcher normally receives much more attention from the scouts than a 89 mph pitcher. However, we’ve learned from the tortoise and the hare, victory doesn’t always go to the swiftest.
Players that can throw the ball with exceptional accuracy can become star pitchers regardless of the speed of their fastball. The St. Louis Cardinals had a pitcher named John Tudor, who threw slow, slower and slowest, but won 20 games. How? He was a master at location and ball speed which kept the hitters off balance.
Learn to Pitch - Big K -Job Well Done
Now I’m not saying not to let your pitcher throw hard, I’m saying it’s not the kiss of death if he doesn’t … there are possible ways around it. All I mean is Don’t discard a player on a pre-conceived notion.
There are Throwers and there are Pitchers. Throwers win when they have their stuff, while pitchers win with their worse stuff. We want to teach our players to become Pitchers and the following teaching Links will help you do that.
I realize there’s a ton of information here, but some of it is for older aged kids, some are skills which require years to learn, and some is advise that can get you throwing next week.
As always, read and digest the information, which will come at you in different ways, so you WILL be able to totally understand everything bit of information over a period of time.
Learning How to Become a Pitcher 101:
Basic Mechanics & How to Lessons:
Pitching Strategies Including Pitching With Runners On
How to Grip & Throw Certain Types of Pitches
Pitching Health Including Workouts and Injury Prevention