My son hit puberty early and as one would expect, his velocity increased. He’s currently a 6 foot tall, 180 pound 7th grader who throws 75mph. He can grow some facial hair and at first glance looks like a high school jv player. At second glance, he’s got a goofy baby face and is clearly still a little kid. Awkward stage! Ha.
So my question- he will likely end up about 6’4, 200 plus pounds. He hasn’t done strength training beyond what his AAU team does. That continued growth and weight training should help him continue adding mph as he heads toward high school. Am I also correct in thinking despite his size and some facial hair, boys continue physically maturing between middle school and high school? I would expect some degree of muscle coordination and redistribution of strength to occur as he fully develops an adult body. As that happens, he will likely add additional mph. Is this likely correct?
He has good mechanics, although he grew so fast he had to relearn quite a bit in the new sized body. His pitching coach is great and I expect he’ll make some adjustments now that they are back practicing. My son wants to hit 80 by freshman year and 85 by sophomore. I think he takes for granted that with hard work he can hit those goals. He does work hard, watches his own pitch counts, takes required rest days, asks his dad to long toss on schedule, etc. He’s focused, but the facial hair and being that far into puberty made me wonder if physically he is just way ahead and his progress will stop early.