I've decided to make my own pitching log in hopes to chart my progression along side pitchers just as motivated as myself.
I am 18 years old heading into my Freshman year of college at a D3 school in Massachusetts. I am a bit undersized at 5'8 on the dot and 153 lbs. I have always thrown decently hard for my size, however, I know I need a lot more to reach my goals. I am working with LankyLefty to get my weight and strength up, ideally I would like to be a lean 165 of pure muscle.
Around this time last summer I really got serious about pitching and throwing harder. I found Driveline baseball and many others, and thus began my velocity development. Last summer I was clocked at 81 mph, we shall see in the fall just how far I've come. Over last fall and winter I bought myself a set of weighted balls and a 2lb TAP ball. Due to the lovely Maryland weather I was stuck inside my house for a solid 3 months. after the first week I decided to take matters into my own hands. I asked around and finally got my hands on a pop up net. I set the net up in my basement and threw as much as I could with the little space I had. When I came back in the spring my mechanics felt entirely different even though I had hardly worked on them. I felt faster, stronger, and much more aggressive on the mound. During our first week of spring practice our Ace pitcher claimed to have broken his thumb in a wrestling match at school (all boys school). Immediately I knew I had to take on the load. I got to face the top schools in Maryland and even the country. If anyone is familiar with the DMV area it included Dematha, Riverdale Baptist (twice), Bullis, and many more. After facing Dematha and carrying a no hitter into the 6th inning I realized I could pitch with the best of them. This was exactly the kind of success I needed to reignite the fire inside myself and chase my dreams.
This summer I played American Legion Baseball for my local Post. I won't bore anyone with stats and what not but it was a great season of learning and developing. As for the rest of the summer I have really put my work in the weight room and in my bullpens. I am throwing harder than ever and with more movement and control on my pitches as well. Long toss and weighted balls are almost everyday, and for the last 3 weeks I have gotten the best hitters I know to hit a simulated 5 inning game once a week just to keep my focus up and aggression.
I will hopefully be adding a new mechanics and pitches video within the next week. Stay tuned.