[quote=“Dino”]I went back and reviewed some of the April thread “Senior Year” and you got alot of good feedback from Lanklefty, JD and others. It would take a better pitching coach than me to be critical of your mechanics the way they appear in the pictures. I do have a couple questions if you don’t mind:
- Why do you pitch from the extreme left side of the pitcher’s rubber? I’m sure there’s a theory here?
- What did you decide regarding colleges?
- Was that slide step effective for you this year? It seems like you don’t get alot of lower body loading when you use it?[/quote]
Lankylefty, JD, and the other contributors have given me some great info. Not just in that post either. They have helped me out on more than one occasion and I can’t thank them enough.
To answer your questions:
In the video the mound was in such a poor condition that I chose to do that just for the sake of saving my ankles. However, I do pitch from the left side (just not as far to the left as in the video) in actual games. It’s more of a comfort thing. It stems from a coach when I was 12 years old in my first year of baseball trying to help me find the middle of the plate to throw strikes. I used to come wayyyy inside a lot back then.
As far as colleges, I made the decision to attend Salem State University and play baseball there. It is Division 3. A number of division 2 teams were interested in me for baseball, but I chose Salem for a number of reasons: It was cheaper than many other schools, it’s relatively close to home (which I think is good for the first year just to get acquainted with what college really is about), I think that division 3 will give me some valuable experience to develop a little more before I throw myself into a more competitive league.
The slide step was actually very affective this year for me. I have a relatively poor pick off move to first base, so as long as I can keep them close, my slide step is quick and runners generally don’t attempt to steal. I only use the slide step with runners on first base though. From the time the video was made, until about the end of the high school season, I did a lot of work with the slide step to make it more effective and comfortable.