Question from a 10yr old


#1

Question from my son Isaac:

What should be a 10yr olds three main pitches be?


#2
  1. 4-seam fastball
  2. Change-up
  3. 2 seam-fastball

The type of change-up may very depending on Isaac. Here are the main types:

Circle - http://www.thecompletepitcher.com/baseball_pitching_grips.htm#q7

Palmball - http://www.thecompletepitcher.com/baseball_pitching_grips.htm#q7

Three finger - Can’t find a pic’, you should Google it.

When he is thirteen he can throw any of these change-ups by turning his wrist over at release point. It makes the ball move like a curve.

When he gets older you should try a sinker: http://www.thecompletepitcher.com/how_to_throw_sinker.htm


#3

Johnny C,

Thanks for answering my sons question. Which change would you suggest for a kid with smaller, stubbier fingers? He is a lefty and his fast ball has sink to it. Which change up would compliment that?

Aaron


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[quote=“isaacsdad2001”]Johnny C,

Thanks for answering my sons question. Which change would you suggest for a kid with smaller, stubbier fingers? He is a lefty and his fast ball has sink to it. Which change up would compliment that?

Aaron[/quote]

I would just have him try them all, until he finds one that he can locate, and that actually takes some velocity from his fastball. My 10 yr old can throw a circle change pretty well, but it rarely has enough differential in velocity from his fastball to actually be called a change. Interestingly enough, the pitch that he CAN get to do this is a Tim Wakefield grip knuckleball. Probably only 2 out of 10 actually knuckle, but they all behave like a typical 10 yr olds change should, that is to say it goes slow and stays down.


#5

Southcarolina,

That is pretty much what I think. Since his hands are small, probably ALL of his pitches are more like changeups because he cannot get too much seperation between the ball and his palm. When his hands grow, we might actually have to rework his fastball so that his palm is not resting on the ball. He says that he has been tring to throw a three finger but from the dugout I cannot tell if he is taking velocity off the pitch. I do not think that he is.

Aaron