So a friend of mine on the team isn’t getting much playing time. Honestly, he’s not the best, and he admits it, but he deserves some time. I mean why would coach put him on the team just to sit? Anyway here’s a breakdown of him(if it helps):
control-8 of 10
control-10 of 10
break-10 of 10(little early though)
control-7 of 10
break-3 of 10
So like I said not the best, he’s not “over-powering” anyone, but he gets by thanks to his control. When he isn’t on, however, he is very erratic(I’ve only seen him struggle to find the strike zone in bullpens, in scrimages he’s fine).
Also, during the off-season he and I were the only two consistently in there getting our work in, and the coaches saw us. Also, we have put in extra long toss sessions and workout sessions, so he is putting in the work the coaches want us to but hasn’t seen the field. I can’t say he isn’t working hard enough because he did the same routines I did, with me, and I have gotten on the mound as much as anyone on the team so far.
So I don’t know what to tell him. If he tries to workout to put something extra on his fastball he might be tired when the coaches finally put him in to see what he’s got, and he might mess up his chance. I don’t want to say wait til next yr because he might go through the same thing, workout harder than anyone on the team but see no results. I mean we are planning on throwing and working out together this summer but I’m no pro at pitching so I doubt he will end up seeing a change in his velocity after working out this summer, I plan on getting us both in great pitching shape, but that might not be enough. The only thing I can say that he IS doing wrong is his mechanics. I mean he has powerful legs, during the off-season we were doing 600+ pounds on the inverted leg press, but he doesn’t use them. Like he just glides off the mound, he doesn’t explode. So any tips on how to “teach explosion”? Cause that might be his biggest problem.
Alright well that’s it. Any and all help is appreciated.