hey, im 14 and i have been clocked at 64 and i can throw it by people because of one thing....not overpowering velocity but good command of the change-up and fastball. Changing speeds and moving the ball around is probably pretty equal to the overpowering fastballs.
if you want proof you dont need hard fastballs to win listen to this...
i was watching the Tigers game today and it was a very good pitchers duel
each SP had 8 innings, and 1 run allowed each.
The tigers won on a walk-off homer against Octavo Dotel.
The two starting pitchers you ask.....Kenny Rogers and Mark Buehrle(sp.?)
Buehrle had 7 hits allowed and 5k's
Rogers had 4 hits allowed and 1k's
they both top out on fastballs at 89mph. The reason they both owned today was the control and changing of speeds agaisnt the opposing teams hitters. Both pitchers dominated and had their best outing of the year.
Oh and for the record Dotel, who gave up the game winning homer was clocked on the pitch at 96mph. Speed isnt everything