My son is 11 years old, left-handed, 3/4 arm motion that baffles some kids, and has been given plenty of opportunities to pitch this year, and it is exciting to see him excited.
Overall, he has worked hard on his mechanics, and throws with a great deal of accuracy. He is not the fastest pitcher in his division, but he is certainly one of the most accurate. He plays in the AAA division, and gets a lot of strikes, fly balls, and ground outs.
Next year, he’ll be moving to the Majors division and by the looks of it he’ll need to add more to his pitching arsenal to remain effective.
I can definitely work with him on his speed and strength. Perhaps faster, accurate pitching would be sufficient for his first year.
But I am wondering if he need to add a different pitch. For the last three years, all I worked with him was one pitch: a four seam fast-ball, and his mechanics. He throws nothing else.
My rationale is that if he got the mechanics right early on, then the other things like pitch variations can be added later when he mentally and physically more mature. So far, it seems like a good decision.
I also hear a lot of coaches and parents in the Majors talk about their son(s) throwing curve balls or sliders. I want to find out if it is even possible to get a ball to curve (or move in the air) over a distance of 46 feet.
Is this really possible, and does it make sense to introduce my son (who’ll be twelve next) to start work this off-season on a slider/curve?