This season has more or less been a joke. I know I haven't been keeping up much with the log and for good reason - I haven't been getting much playing time.
I'm not going to waste my breath complaining about that here, but here are my stats so far in the limited time I've seen.
5.1 IP, 5H, 3BB, 8K, 1ER, 1.69ERA
Of the hits, all were ground ball or bloop singles. I've had some mechanical difficulties along the way, with some velocity fluctuations as well. However, in my last and best outing, I sat 88 with a few 87s and an 89 in one inning of work. I haven't pitched in almost 2 weeks since all but striking out the side in that inning.
Because I haven't been getting to play, I've been focusing heavily on my own development during my daily throwing. Since mechanically I was a bit out of sync earlier on, I began to realize that I hadn't been long tossing in about 2-3 months because it was no longer prescribed to us in-season. several weeks ago I began daily long tossing again. Although this goes against my current pitching coach's philosophy, there is no oversight in our throwing program so I have been able to do this with some regularity and this seems to have gotten my delivery and velocity back in a pretty good place. I have recently been getting out to pretty extreme distances (350 feet) without a crow hop.
Although this velocity has obviously not fully transferred to the mound quite yet, it has certainly helped some, and all of my pitches are more consistent and nasty when I can stay connected and in sync.
Side note: I haven't lifted heavy lower body in about 4 months because my low back was acting up on and off earlier in the season...it's settled down now but this just goes to show that squatting 400lbs is irrelevant for generating elite velocities. I still have strong enough legs to get the job done, but my legs are weaker than ever and I'm still able to generate mid 90s velocities in long toss. Get the hips strong and flexible, get the core strong and flexible, get your upper back as strong as humanly possible and train your chest and triceps to be flexible and explosive, but not bulky. Get momentum, connection and rotation on your side and it's a recipe for high velocities, regardless of if you squat your bodyweight or double bodyweight.
Second side note:
I'm training/interning with Dan Blewett this summer in Bloomington, Illinois and playing summer ball in the MidWest Collegiate League for the Lexington Snipes. I decided not to return to the more competitive NECBL because I feel like this option will give me the best of both worlds. I will get consistent starts, be free to train and learn from one of the best strength coaches around and spend less time riding around on 10 hour round trip bus rides multiple times per week. Can't wait!