I am seeking your advice with hope to help my son’s dilemma
After two years of playing in the backyard and on the field, my little brother(10) has made big strides when it comes to pitching. His mechanics look solid and the little dude is throwing strikes. The coaches liked what they saw and invited him to play with their summer all star team. I was excited for him, as he had the chance to test himself with more competitive teams.
For the most part he is doing all right. He shuts down the weaker teams, and keeps it close with the average teams. But i’ve noticed he has trouble with the higher seeded teams. Just yesterday he was being thrashed around to this pretty good team, allowing 10 runs in 2 innings.
In my eyes, he seems a little too hittable, even with the average/weaker teams. He isnt the type of pitcher that will overpower the batters by his velocity. He has average (if not slightly above at best) velocity, but he has great command. I see pitchers who will strike out 6 in a game, but also walk 4-5 at the same time; their speed will just make you swing and hope for the best. My brother will throw in the strike zone and induce ground ball and pop flies, but this high contact rate cause those innings where the hitters will constantly hit them hard and he gets lucky that a line drive goes straight to the outfielder, or the shortstop makes a nice catch. This happens even with the weak teams
I feel like it is because he constantly throws low. When I first taught him
to pitch, i always advised him to keep it low, as i find it a little more difficult to hit hard at the age. I think this is what contributed to his team being destroyed the other day. He kept throwing low, and by the 3rd/4th pitch they got used to the spot and it was constant line drives from then on.
This is why i come to you guys, with the hope i can get a few tips on pitch selection/sequence. The offenses aren’t afraid of his speed, and so i turn to other methods to make him a more effective pitcher. I don’t think at this age i should focus on velocity, as he doesn’t throw slow and i feel like velocity grows as one grows older as well. And its not like he throws slow either.
So back to the question…
For a kid that throws pretty accurate what advice do you guys have for pitch sequence (Though there is an occasional curve, he stays with the fastball family, sometimes switching from 4 seam to 2 seam, but it seems that there is debate in these forums of its true effective ness at that age)? Or what tips do you guys have that can make him effective despite average velocity? I feel like this topic related more towards the second question and I apologize if i misled you. In the end I’m still proud of my brother for getting this far and handling his command, I just want to make things easier for him in the future by addressing it now.
Thank you very much! and sorry if I wrote a lot.