Hello folks, I recently found this forum, and I’ve read a few things and I find it all very interesting.
You may wish to skip all this and go straight to the video links. I’m a pitcher out of the southwest and I play on my 2A high school’s varsity team as a senior. Even though I dream about going to college to pitch, it seems that it is a long shot. I started getting serious about my pitching a little late in my career, basically my junior year. But now I’ve been working hard at it, lifting weights, throwing the weighted balls, and my Coach has gotten serious for me as well. We’ve even started fall ball for the first time in many many years, but it’s just my coach and I out there throwing and working. He can’t throw anymore because he blew his arm out. I’ve got decent movement on my pitches, life on the fourseamer and a pretty good curveball. I also throw a changeup and a slider.
All of my pitches I can throw for strikes, up to a point. Sometimes it seems when I try to throw really hard, especially on the mound, or going through my pitching motion, I lose all semblance of any “mechanics” and the ball seems to go slower than even when I’m throwing at say 50 or 60%. I think this may stem off my poor coordination.
My dad worked with me on my pitching, but he was hesitant to let me pitch too much because of my natural wrist supination. I didn’t throw a true fastball when I wanted to until I was 14 or 15 years old. So I made it on my high school team because anyone can, and racked up some innings for the first time my Junior year. It was a great experience to pitch in a game and I wish to contiune into college. The biggest thing I think I lack as far as college would be velocity, I don’t seem to throw that hard. I’m 6’ 2" tall and weigh 200 lbs. And I don’t know if I’ve ever thrown faster than 76mph. So here is a video of my mechanics, and I’m basically asking if it would be possible for me to have a chance in college to pitch, with all of the above said. My current plan, because I’m set for an academic scholarship, will be to ask the coach for a walk-on tryout type thing once I’m attending the school.
Besides being generally choppy, and a few other things, what in paticular is bad, and what drills can I do to fix it? I’ve been doing YouGoPro’s bucket drills and throwing the wieghted ball, also Jaeger bands my coach bought. Also some medicine ball drills.
Thank you very much,