I was pitching the other day to a left handed power hitter.
I threw him:
1st pitch curveball outside for strike 0-1
2nd pitch Fastball for a ball 1-1
3rd pitch fastball for a foul ball strike 1-2
4th pitch fastbal inside off the plate for a ball 2-2 he had seen alot of FB so it was time for the hitter to get on his front foot.
5th pitch Change-up outside strike 3 and the hitter was on his front foot and swung 2 seconds before it got to homeplate.
So what you want to do is throw your fastball for pitchers pitches and then to throw off his timing change speeds with a change-up or a curve ball. The Curveball pitch is now the best pitch i like to get the out in front because the hitter can pick it up by spin and the change-up they can’t.
Always work on the change-up it is the best pitch you can throw to set off the hitters timing. And at the high school leavel is not used that much.
I am the only kid that throws a change-up out of all the pitchers on my high school team. I have looked at all the other teams and haven’t seen one kid throw one to a hitter this season. So it is the most effective pitch because you can’t pick it up like a curveball.