I am the mom of an 11 year old left handed pitcher. This is his 3rd year to pitch for our rec league. He has pitched for regular season teams, first All Star teams and a travel team last fall. He has had over 50 games of pitching with 2 no hitters. His pitching is a thing of beauty- I know, I know… Im his mom.
He was ranked #6 out of 130 kids in the draft this year. A close friend of ours picked him for his team in the first round. We started his lessons a little late this year so for his first game, he was a little off. The second game was worse. The third game was not great but wasnt terrible. I can’t recall his stats. Meanwhile, at his lessons, his coach figured out what was happening with his form and corrected it and also figured out that my husband was throwing him too much for several weeks. So, two days before the fourth game, he was throwing the best we have ever seen him. The ball had tremendous movement.
Here are a few of the problems: His balls are coming in so fast and screwy, most of the rec league players wont swing. Also, if he’s throwing a little to the outside, the catchers wont move their target and he doesnt have the confidence to make them yet.
So, in the # 4 game, he didnt pitch at all. The starter was a kid that my husband calls a gimmick. He throws these slow rainbows. The kids will swing at his stuff. The coach has a “what have you done for me lately?” philosophy and has shown our son that he doesnt have confidence in what he can do. We think more like, “Get back up there and do your thing!” We, of course have seen him in every game and know that he can pull himself out of some tight situations and self correct.
I realize that this has no bearing on how good he is or what he will do in the future, but we dont want to let some rec league coach break him and screw with his head this year.
After the last game, we fear that he is going to get up on the mound knowing that if he throws one bad pitch, the coach is waiting for him to fail and he is out of there.
Sounds like you all have a lot of experience in many situations. What do you think?