I am a 34 year old right handed pitcher playing in the Maui Adult League. I’m back into pitching after a brief 16 year break.
Overall I am doing pretty well but I certainly have a lot of room for improvement. Currently I’m throwing 4 pitches:
-a fastball in the mid 60’s
-a hard curve just about as fast as a fastball
-a slow big bending curve which I use as a change up
-a knuckle ball i use very rarely
I can throw all of those for a strike and probably my best asset is that I can hit any target almost any time. My go to pitch is usually the hard curve ball as its the one I get the most K’s with and/or the most ground balls with.
The problem I am running into is that I frequently get way ahead of batters 0-2 or 1-2 and I can’t seem to finish them off. Being that I play in an older adult league, my defense behind me is sketchy to say the least. (I have a lot of unearned runs.) So, I’d like to either strike them out right away, or get them to hit weak grounders for easy outs.
I have been leaning towards working on my fastball. I’m a big guy - 6’2" and 210lbs - I feel like I should be throwing harder. But then again, there are only 2 guys in my league that throw harder and the best I’ve seen on a gun is 74 mph. My best on a gun was 65mph a month or so ago, I can probably top that now.
(Having said that, I really wonder how some of the 12 and 14 year olds come here and claim they throw in the 80s. I coach Little League, I’m going to call BS on just about every one of those posts…)
Anyways, back to the point. I guess I’m wondering what I should work on to get to the next level. I want to start finishing off more of those 0-2/1-2 batters with K’s. Does anyone have any recommendations on what I should focus on to get there?