I've seen a lot of major league pitchers lift their leg far above their hip. Guys like Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens and especially Bronson Arroyo. It's not that I'm looking to emulate any pitching mold, I've just wondered. My fastball is in the low 70s and I am 18 years old with most of my friends pitching a little faster than me. I place my fastballs really well but I still get hit. Low outside low inside, up high and just plain on the corners. Yesterday, 4 IP...9 H....8 ER...0 BB...2 HR...2 SO...1 HB. I'm not embarrassed by those numbers because I know that I am better than that and everyone has their days. But what I would love is to at least get my fastball in at least the mid 70s if not the high 70s. Plenty of long toss strengthens the arm, that much I know. But even my pitching coach has talked about a higher leg lift for a little more velocity. Is this true? I thought that I read something about it on here once, but I didn't pay it that much attention.