How long before you can start experimenting?


#1

I have been trying to add a cutter to my arsenal, but it’s turning out to be between a slider and a cutter. It has some down, 3-4 inches, and moves to the left, about 10 inches. I’m 14, and wondering if it is ok to keep throwing this without hurting my arm.


#2

According to Tom House any pitch thrown properly isn’t any more stressful than throwing the fastball. So if you throw it right you’ll be fine.

Find a grip and don’t twist your wrist or do anything funky with the grip. Grip it and throw it like a fastball and let the offcentered pressure on the ball do the work.


#3

And if you limit how many you throw (for breaking pitches). No more than about 20-25% of your total pitch count should be breaking pitches. House also says that part. :wink:


#4

yea fastballs build arm speed and strength so you would want to throw more fastballs vs breaking balls.

Though in a game if you’re breaking ball is you’re out pitch then forget the numbers when you got the guy with two strikes.


#5

Alright thanks, i usually don’t throw anything but fastballs, because nobody has really hit my fastball yet, but districts are coming up, so there are going to be kids who can hit.