Is it me or does the change-up seem to be a lost art when it comes to todays young pitchers? I noticed when I was in high school and now even watching collegiate and even playing in my 18+ league that not many people have an effective change-up or have one at all. Even those that do, never seem to use it much.
In my opinion the change-up can be a game changer, and a GREAT PITCH! I have never been one to have a change-up myself. I never found a comfortable grip, or managed any control over one. But, recently I have found a good grip, and one I have been able to throw for a strike, and get K’s with. It is slower than my fastball and has MOVEMENT.
I think a lot of the change-ups non-use, has come from the fact people do not see how useful of a pitch it can be, and also that it seems like a boring pitch. Most people, in my opinion, see it as just a slow fastball, and thus not very effective. But, I think if more people realized that the change-up can be used as a pitch with movement as well as a speed change, and appear more interesting of a pitch, it would be used and mastered more often.
Also I think many batters, I know in my league especially, if they get down are thinking, “ok its either a fastball or curveball.” Or basically straight or moving. And that seems to me to be just how predictable pitchers have become. (Some not all)
THE CHANGE-UP WOULD FIX THESE KINDS OF PROBLEMS! If someone can have a change up in their repertoire the batter now needs to think “ok it can be fast or slow, or it can move or curve…but wait this guy can trick me to with a pitch that looks fast and straight but isn’t.” Do you see where this can deceive a hitter? And how this can be a KILLER pitch to have up your sleeve?
It could just be me, but I think those with a good change-up have a step up on the competition. The pitch can honestly be a game changer, and an OUT pitch if worked on. And I think it will make pitchers become less predictable to the batters they face.
It may just be me, but I think the change-up has almost become a lost art.