I’ve been a huge fan of baseball my entire life, especially pitching. I was discouraged from learning to pitch because of my height, as I was only about 5 feet tall and 95 pounds entering high school. Now that I’m out of high school and in college, I am 6 feet and about 175 pounds.
My dream is to learn how to pitch and join my college’s baseball team. The school is a small school and competes in the NAIA and is pretty terrible. I don’t expect many, if any at all, of the players are on an athletic scholarship.
I realize I’m probably never going to throw in the nineties and probably won’t have the stuff to be a reliable starter, but if I can just pitch occasionally from the bullpen, maybe in low-leverage situations when we are getting crushed, it would be a dream come true.
I have absolutely zero pitching experience. If I attempted to throw a fastball, I don’t even know if I could hit 60 mph. But I am willing to work hard to make my dream come true.
What steps should I be taking to make this dream come true? I enquired about pitching coaches but the going rate seems to be about $45 for a half hour and I simply wouldn’t be able to afford many of those.
Are there also certain types of pitches I should try to target, knowing that I probably won’t have much velocity? I know I want to at least learn two pitches, one of which would be a fastball with movement. I had thought maybe something like a straight change up or splitter could work as a second pitch after I learn the fastball. As much as I love the slider, I think I want to avoid that for now due to low velocity and concern over injury. The reason I got the idea for a splitter is because of the success a guy like Koji Uehara has had. His fastball is only about 86 mph, but that splitter that sinks into the dirt gets batters swinging wildly and he manages to get the strikeouts because of the movement on the splitter.
Are my goals realistic? If so, what should I do to get started?