Hi, I have a few questions that I’m hoping you folks could answer for me.
I’m 20 years old, and I’ve never really pitched competitively before. That’s not to say I haven’t pitched, as I have in pick-up games and whatnot, but I’m hoping to start pitching in either a men’s league or university next year (I’m Canadian, not American, so our university level probably won’t blow me away like it would south of the border).
Anyways, I throw sidearm and my best pitches are a screwball and what I considered to be a curveball until I looked around and found out I was using a grip similar to most pitchers’ slider. I have my middle finger running along the right inside corner of the horseshoe seam.
My main problems are that I have low velocity and can’t consistently locate any fastball grip I try. I’d guess that my pitch speeds top out at about 65 MPH, and when I do throw fastballs, I probably top out no higher than 75.
Would anyone have advice on how to best pick up my velocity (hopefully to the 80-85 area for my fastball), and whatfastball grip would best complement my current pitches and help my control issue.
p.s. The control thing only really affects hard-thrown pitches, it seems. When I miss, they usually sail about 8 feet high…