Buwhite is on the right track. Now let me take it further and tell you about—THE SECRET.
I learned it many moons ago, when I was seriously getting into pitching. I used to go to the original Yankee Stadium every chance I got, and I would watch the Yankees’ fabled Big Three pitching rotation—Vic Raschi, Allie Reynolds and Ed Lopat—in practice and in games. What I noticed was that they were all doing the same thing: they were driving off the lower half of the body, using the legs, the hips and the torso in one continuous (and, it seemed to me, seamless) motion, and that was how they were generating the power behind their pitches—even Lopat who was not a fireballer. In doing this they took a lot of pressure off the arm and the shoulder so they could throw harder (and faster) with less effort: and not a sore arm or a sore shoulder or a sore elbow or a sore anything else in the bunch!
Watching this, I realized that this was the real key to a pitcher’s power, and I made a note of what they were doing and how they were doing it and started working on it on my own. As I practiced this essential element of good mechanics—and believe me, it is essential—I found myself doing the same things they were doing, and even though I didn’t have the speed I was throwing harder with less effort. Because I was destined to be a snake-jazzer—a finesse pitcher with not much in the way of speed—I decided to take full advantage of what I could do, and I set about acquiring several good breaking pitches and learned to change speeds on them. A knuckle curve—a palm ball—and, a bit later on, I learned the slider, and it became my strikeout pitch. And I had a terrific pitching coach—one of the Big Three, Ed Lopat, who saw where I was coming from and took me in hand and helped me become an even better pitcher than I had been.
One of the best things you can do is work on getting your whole body into the action this way. There are several good drills and exercises you can do, and one of the best is called the “Hershiser” drill, which aims at getting the hips fully involved, because this is one of the keys to that power I spoke of. And maybe I couldn’t do it, but you certainly can—regain that velocity, even build on it. And it will take a lot of pressure off your arm and shoulder—and that’s a nice feeling, not to have to worry about sore arms and sore elbows and things like that. 8) :baseballpitcher: