im 17 yo, 6’2, 160 lbs. ive had no coaching and never been on a team; all ive done is try to figure out stuff in my backyard.
so whats my ‘natural’ arm slot? well i learned the basic throw mechanics with a football. i threw that 3/4 (about like philip rivers). i never ever threw overarm, felt very weird. so anyway, when i started throwing baseballs, i threw a low 3/4, alot like josh beckett. so, ive been throwing that as my main throwing angle since then. but, when i play catch, i sometimes do a throw that is basically a low sidearm, borderline submarine, throw that is as fast, breaks more, and really overall better than my 3/4 pitches. yet, i kinda ignored that and threw 3/4 as my arm slot.
so for the last few days, ive been farting around with sidearm throwing, its basically a perfect 3’oclock, 180°, angle (like jonathon o’day). heres a comparison of my pitches 3/4 and side (no i dont know the exact speed):
4-seam: 3/4 it has little horizontal movement, nothing special. side, it goes about the same speed, very minimal vertical movement.
2-seam: 3/4 basically the same as 4-seam but a little lobbier. side it breaks down and out pretty late, alittle slower than 4-seam.
forkball: 3/4 best pitch by far, breaks late and dances slightly, almost as fast as my 2-seam. side, its just a more extreme 2-seam.
slurve: 3/4 breaks… kinda out. side, breaks out and down pretty good, but im not that great at controlling it.
o yea, the main reason im thinking about changing to side is beacuse i can throw with both arms. well… actually not quite yet, i can throw 80% with my left hand, im waiting till i iron out my mechanics. but anyway, of course side pitching is very good against same-handed batters, which i would be doing most of the time (with the exception of swich hitters of course).
so i dunno. help? :s