Will be posting a video shortly for my son, but here’s the background.
Playing baseball since he was 4. Never the best kid on the team. Best attitude you have EVER seen. Smart Kid. Can LEARN anything (very coachable). 6’2", 175 lbs. Right handed. Football, Basketball, Baseball.
He decided last year that if he was going to get more playing time–he was going to have to learn to pitch. Started pitching in Junior leaque after his HS season ended (he was catching and playing first) and then…Broke his left leg sliding into third (no, hes not that fragile). Tibia, Fibula, and Ankle broken…surgery…plate in his leg, pin in his ankle. Got back on the floor during basketball season and used it as rehab.
He works as hard as any kid I know to get better…His control is significantly improving…but he’s run into a roadblock in velocity. He’s a strong kid and I think it’s just his first learning plateau, But if he can’t crack the 70 mark regularly than he’s not going to get an opportunity next year.
What is he doing to get better, you might wonder?
He gets up at 6 am every day to work on his short sprints, sprinting technique, etc. This is rehab for him and also to improve his speed as he has never been the fastest.
He is doing a long toss program at home…but we’ve discussed maybe doing UNDERLOAD work here??(tennis balls)…as maybe his arm speed just isn’t where it needs to be. Like I said…he’s a strong kid. He’s doing this by himself…we have about 200 feet of open space plus we live in the middle of nowhere. He can easily outthrow this with a little crow hop.
He throws 50+ pitches 4-6 times a week at home, more if he has time. We have the space for a mound…think its going in in the next month. Right now we have a small slope with about a 6" drop.
His school has a pretty good PE program where it is mostly strength training. Very good program oriented not toward football but towards overall body/core strength. He is lifting pretty much 12 months a year, with a few 4 week breaks in there.
His long term goals are to stay in baseball as long as possible. Playing, coaching, athletic trainer, management/business. He really wants to be able to pitch in college…I know if he does it it will be because of the amount of work he puts in, not because of raw talent/ability.
Like I said, video is coming soon.