Hey guys, I’m looking for an offspeed pitch to throw. This year, I threw 70mph fastballs from 48 feet away every pitch. I developed good control (I went for a 4-week stretch in which I didn’t walk a single hitter) and my velocity will continue to develop with my added leg strength from soccer. But, since this is my last year in Little League, I’ll be moving up to PONY next year, where there are 300 ft fences, 75ft bases and 54ft pitching mounds. (Not exactly sure that those dimensions are completely correct). We use major-league rules in PONY, so I will have to learn how to pitch from the stretch, how to pick off base runners, etc.
But my first aspect that I want to improve this offseason is offspeed pitches. I’ll be 13 pretty soon, but I made a vow not to throw breaking balls until the age of 15.
Some pitches I have been considering are changeups, sinkers, and knuckleballs.
For the changeup, I’ve tried the circle grip, but I am having trouble getting a true “feel” for it. Any tips?
I think the palmball is out of question because I don’t like pitches in which my fingers don’t have a true touch on the ball.
I’m not sure if I want to try a sinker yet, because it is truly an advanced pitch.
The knuckleball is a pitch I’ve been wanting to learn for a long time.
Pustulio, this is for you. Can you help me throw a knuckler, and a good one, too?
Thanks for help guys.