Background of me:
6 ft 175lbs, RHP, senior in college
I have been experiencing a lack of consistent velo and command over the course of the past year and a half. My freshman year of college I was sitting in the 85-87mph range and was able to command 3 pitches for strikes. In the summer between my freshmen and sophomore year I hit 92mph and sat 88-90 for the summer with the same command. My sophomore year I started having problems. I began max distance long tossing a lot. My arm felt healthy (Ive never had an injury or sore arm to this day) and my body was healthy as well. I would just have major changes in velocity and command from one day to another. One day I would be throwing and sitting in the upper 80’s spotting everything up with movement and then a few days later I would be sitting in the low 80’s and everything would be flat and I would get hit hard. My Junior year in college was the same deal. Our coach had us long toss (200-250ft) every single day. My arm once again was injury free but I would still have days when I would be unhittable and then go out a few days later and get lit. My senior year has started off the same way. My velocity has been in the low to mid 80’s this whole year and my stuff has just been flat. I have been told over the years that I have great mechanics and a quick arm and there have been times where I have gone out there and been unhittable. Guys used to take awkward swings on my pitches and just look confused in the box. Now they are digging in and hitting everything hard because my ball is flat and slow. I even notice it in my flat grounds. Some days I spot everything up and the next day I struggle to throw it anywhere close to the spot.
The only consistent thing I see looking back over the past couple years is the amount of long toss I do. Even though it may (or may not) be the reason my arm has been injury free for so long, I believe now that it may be whats holding back my velo and command. I think my arm is getting tired as the week goes on causing my arm to drop. The reason I believe this is is because on my summer teams I throw much harder and have better command but dont long toss at all. I think in the summer my arm is less tired because I don’t take it to the max everyday so it is able to get to its natural arm slot on every pitch instead of me feeling like I am “forcing it” to get there.
Just wanted to get your guys input. My plan right now is to cut back on 80% of my long toss. Maybe just once a week and no more than 2 days before a game or bullpen.