[quote=“ian demagi”]Chris, You and I are never going to agree on this. As a freshman, he has time to learn the pitch. I was not suggesting that it would be the first. He does not even have to learn it for this year, but he better come up with one at some point in his High School career.
Chris, most guys that succeed at the highest level throw breaking balls. There are not many fastball/ changeup pitchers that have been successful.
Pedro Martinez, Mario Soto, John Franco, & Tom Glavine , I will give you. The first 2 had tremendous fastballs. Franco had excellent movement and was left handed, Glavine excellent /world class control. So there are exceptions, but the big divider is the breaking ball. It is what keep many batters from advancing to the Show, and some to triple A.
I will agree the slider is easier to learn, but he is too young for the stress on his arm. Ian[/quote]
I agree that a curveball is a good pitch, but it takes time to learn.
He specifically asked for a pitch that can be learned relatively quickly but can still be effective. I think a 2-seam fastball (aka sinker) best fits that bill. You’re never going to go wrong by learning to pitch down in the strike zone.
Other options include a cut fastball (that moves in either direction) or possibly a split-fingered fastball (depending on the size of his hands).
I never advocated that he learn the slider. I prefer a good sinker or curveball for a variety of reasons.