Introuduction Time :
6’6 210 lbs
I am tall and athletic, slightly lanky, could use some more strength in the hips and legs for sure. I am 24 years old. I pitched a lot in high school, but did not pitch much in college because of control problems, and I wanted to play First Base and hit.
That’s kind of the history of the situation. I have had complete breakdowns on the mound, where I just can’t find the strike zone. I honestly don’t know if it’s mechanics or what. I don’t think I’m a headcase, and generally I am usually pretty relaxed when playing anything but for some reason, sometimes when I pitch I just LOSE it.
I recently went to the Minnesota Twins tryout in Ft. Meyers FL this past Saturday. I did this more than anything else because I wanted to see if my arm has made any progress and/or if I could throw strikes.
Well, the morning session I was one of 60 pitchers to throw. I was one of the first group of 8. I had people wowing, I’m sure the twins guys were wondering where I was from and why I wasn’t pitching somewhere, because my fastball they told me was 90-92 and my curve ball was sharp. I was (for the most part) keeping the ball down, a couple curveballs broke out of the strike zone in the dirt and my fastball was left up a bit. But I was throwing hard, felt good and mostly strikes.
After I threw in the morning, I had a couple agents approach me and ask me where I was from and if I usually threw in the 90s. I mean, I threw that good and it was impressive enough for people to say wow a bit. And for the rest of the day most of the twins guys were calling me by my name Jim not my number.
Then came the afternoon, I could make excuses about sitting around for 4 hours waiting to pitch. And psychologically I totally psyched myself out and pitched absolutely horrible in the game situation they selected me for. I lost it, lost of composure, confidence, control, etc.
Walked 3 and hit one guy in an inning of work.
Before we threw , the Twins coach said something like , baseballs like golf. To play golf on TV you have to be able to hit it long, and straight. A lot of people hit it long. Only the ones who hit it straight play on TV. Same thing with baseball. Lots of people throw hard. Those that can throw hard with command play on TV. Well, he’s right.
I wouldn’t have confidence to go and play on TV and not make an ass of myself with my current mechanics and ability to blow up like I did. But what the hell? God gave me this arm which I could make LOTS of money with and I think I should use it. I don’t mind engineering (what I now do for a living ) but jeebus, with my frame I could be throwing 94-98 in a year or two. It’s sick! One of the agents half joking asked how I would like to be driving out of the tryout in a cadillac. I kind of smiled but now I just feel like I freaking blew it. I mean, I was so close to making a killer impression, and really doing it. I need to get some consistancy and breakdown my mechanics.
Tell you guys what,
I am going to post a video of me throwing off a mound. If we can get this fixed, I’ll give you guys a cut of my one day million dollar salary. I guess the first step is just to find someone that believes in me and is willing to work with me at the lower levels of an organization…
Video forthcoming and tell me what you guys think -