Hello everyone i know this is a long article but bare with me and you’ll be informed about some of the most important information a pitcher can ever have. I hope to have this topic stickied and read by everyone. So please, Mr.Ellis and all of the other moderators please read this and tell me what you think.
One of the biggest pitching misconceptions is velocity. Yes, I do understand that velocity is a great tool to have but speed does not get batters out, even Joel Zumaya has blown saves and he throws over 100 mph sometimes. Most Major League Baseball starting pitchers average velocity from the 1st inning to the 5th inning is high 80's to low 90's. This is the case with only [b]starting pitchers.[/b] You always hear about minor league guys that will never get a chance to show off their stuff in the Major League because of their lack of an effective off-speed pitch. A perfect example is Phillip Humber of the New York Mets. So far he has gotten little opportunity to show what he can do because of his lack of an effective off-speed pitch. Starting pitchers do not necessarily need speed but movement and effective off-speed pitches. Some perfect examples of this is soon-to-be hall of famer Tom Glavine of the New York Mets. He recently joined the 300 win club because of his amazing [b]location and change-up[/b]. These, I feel, are the two most important aspects of pitching. Some other examples of Major League Pitchers that do not exceed 90 mph are Jamie Moyer, Orlando Hernandez, Aaron Sele, Pedro Feliciano, Pedro Martinez (with the mets), and many many more. [b]Location[/b]- If you do not think I am qualified to write this article then think again. No I am not a major league pitcher i am, in fact, only 15 years old. But, I have pitched and won against some of the top organizations in the nation. Some of my wins include beating the East Cobb Astros (#1 team in the nation by USA Sports Rankings), On Deck O's, Diamond Devils, NorCal Baseball, East Cobb Yankees, and many more local teams in the major division in the 16u USSSA division. The only thing i did in those games was hit my outside corner. In the East Cobb Astros game i did not hit over 70mph on the radar gun (although it was a bushnell and the person gunning was back and to the right a little and my coach told me it was probably off about 5-6 mph) but still got the win. This is because I used 2 effective off-speed pitches a curveball and a change-up and great location on my fastball. I am the perfect example of what location can give you, so are all of the pitchers i named above.
If you have read this far thank you and please take into consideration that with hard work and perserverence the velocity will come. If you have any arguments or compliments please respond to this topic thank you and have a great day!