before I had a kid who was a thrower.
At 9 he was dangerous, at 10 very wild, at 11 wild/effectively wild. I’ve thought over the last year it’s about time to give this up. Given the way he hits pitching just wasn’t in his future. Started out sidearm, insisted to his pitching coach that he not try to change it (thanks letstalkpitching). He was OK with that and let line drills and work do it naturally.
So this year he was overhand enough to show a curve (all the work is done with the fingers). His pitches are two/four seem fb, curve, and change (which he throws as much or more often than the curve). He veries the speed of the fb and only goes 100% to give the batter something to think about. In 18 innings of travel ball pitching he’s had two runs scored on him. He’s averaging about 50-60 pitches every 5-6 innings.
I keep waiting for the wheels to come off. I know he will struggle, and that will be good for him down the road. But the kid has paid his dues, and it’s nice to see the work pay off.