"Slider doesn't do a lot of wear and tear on your arm if you throw it right though."
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Hey Terprhp how've you been? It has been some time since I've seen you post.
Annarbordude....at 13 you should keep what you have, work on mechanics and locating, specifically your fastball, work in a two seam, pronate it a little and get you a little sinker action. You need to be able to hit your spots if you are going to play hs ball, every pitch is based off of the fastball so get it as good as possible, work on hitting your target low and outside if you want to impress a HS coach. It may seem that it is wonderful and devestating to throw junk, but being a Little League hero and a High School Spectator is frustrating. I think everyone talking about how young kids shouldn't throw sliders is right, but I think it isn't just an arm health issue, I've never seen a LL hero throw a slider properly, and the things they do to get the movement (What I call spinning the ball to the plate) almost always messes up their fastball mechs which loses velocity...and then we see them posting about A) How can I increase my velocity...and B) My arm hurts and I don't know why.....do yourself a favor.....take an afternoon and go through our site and see what I'm saying..... And look down the road, ask yourself "Does it really matter if I can strike out 100 kids in LL, if that means I won't be playing as a senior?"