Gaining velocity


#1

how much mph do you think a 150 pound person who throws around 75 to 80 mph can gain when under a well put up throwing program?


#2

Developing velocity depends on many things: the time frame, quality of mechanics, total body strength, the ratio of fast-twitch to slow-twitch muscle fibers in an athlete’s body, the amount and type of throwing performed, etc.

So, how much velocity could you gain by following a good throwing program if you’re throwing 75 mph now?

…anywhere from 0 mph to 25 mph. It’s 100% impossible to determine because no two pitchers are alike.


#3

Does the weight of a pitcher determine how hard you throw?


#4

[quote=“Steven Ellis”]Developing velocity depends on many things: the time frame, quality of mechanics, total body strength, the ratio of fast-twitch to slow-twitch muscle fibers in an athlete’s body, the amount and type of throwing performed, etc.

So, how much velocity could you gain by following a good throwing program if you’re throwing 75 mph now?

…anywhere from 0 mph to 25 mph. It’s 100% impossible to determine because no two pitchers are alike.[/quote]

what is better for pitching fast twitch or slow twitch muscles? and if you dont have the right ratio can you throw as well as somebody who does?


#5

Anybody who has watched Japan play in the world Baseball classic and weighs less than 170 pounds should not be discouraged about gaining velocity. Every time Japan puts somebody on the bump, they seem to be under 6 feet tall and around 150 pounds, and yes, throwing around 90 miles per hour. Talk about getting the most out of your body! I would suggest video taping some of these Japanese pitchers while you got the chance. Ananylze these videos, read the posts on this forum, and incorporate this information into your personal style. Stay on a regular conditioning and throwing routine year round, keep an open mind, and I almost guarantee you will see positive gains in the velocity department.

                                                                      Shawn Ryan
                                                                      Pitching Coach
                                                                      Hebron(IN)High School

#6

That’s a great shout. Watching the Japanese staff in the Classic can only encourage smaller pitchers. Looking at some of their mechanics, some of the staff probably could get some more out of their fastball with some refinement.

It’s all about throwing year round with discipline.


#7

Interesting also…they dont appear to have spent alot of time in the weight room. Hmmm…