Jon’s_dad brought up an interesting observation in his General Pitching Discussion post under the topic “The ‘other side’ pro scouts look for.”
In the post, he talked about Minnesota Twins pitcher Brad Radke’s mound presence… which leads to the question:
As a baseball coach or parent, what do you look for in a pitcher pertaining to mound presence? What do you teach your pitchers about it and how? As a pitcher, how do you go about handling your business on the mound? How do you show mound presence? Is it conscience or sub-conscience arrogance (or inner-arrogance)?
In the same post (“The ‘other side’ pro scouts look for”) RTusk40 (Ryan Tatusko, Indiana State Univ. pitcher) talked about his conversation with a pro scout about mound presence. My experience has been the same as Ryan’s: scouts love it, and they demand it from the pitchers they draft.
So what about mound presence?