Hi, I’m Christian and I’m a Junior in High school. I’ve played baseball since I was five and I had one year off from baseball in 7th grade, but that was it. However, I’m in need of some advice to become a better ball player. I’ve played both Varsity and JV since my freshman year. I lettered last year but now I’m not getting any time on Varsity this year and I’ve only struggled with my pitching everything else is pretty good. What is the best way to get my coaches attention on this, as he is pulling up players that haven’t been as successful as me and I’m not sure how to fix this.
The problem with my pitching is a couple of things. First off, I’ve struggled with leaving the ball up in the zone. Lately I haven’t had as much of an issue but when I just throw the ball hard I leave it up in the zone. I’ve heard a lot about striding more and holding on longer, but for some reason I can’t shake the higher in the zone thing. In certain situations I just take off speed so that way I remain at the knees. A great example of that was last year in the state championship game I got put in and took 7 mph off at least from my fastball and I was just guiding it into the zone.
My second issue is my speed. I’ve had speed issues since I came into highschool ball when my arm developed. It seems like when I’m on the mound I just throw so much slower compared to when I just have my dad catch for me. When I’m throwing with my dad I’m in the low 80’s, high 70’s, but when I’m throwing off the mound to someone else, I just throw so much slower. low 70’s usually.
I throw a 2/4 seam fastball, curve, and slider. I’m over the top and not sidearm, so no need to worry about that.
My mechanics are pretty sound from what I think. My hand separation does need to wait a bit longer then I’ve been doing it and this has seemed to help with keeping the ball down. From what I know I’m driving pretty far off the mound. I’m 6’ and I know you are supposed to drive around 80-90% of your height so i try and keep driving to about 5’4" off the rubber.
So hear are the details about me:
17 years old
2/4 seam fastball (mostly 4 seam), curve, and slider
If anybody can give me suggestions, everything is welcome on here. I will get a video of me pitching up when I can. Got to find the video camera.