My stamina isn’t the best of any pitcher, and I’m fine with the fact that it’s not. I can only throw about three good innings before my arm starts getting tired and pitches become fat. I think it would be better to move down to a reliever. I can play more games, pitch comfortably without wearing myself out, and acquire saves. Is this a good move to take, or should I build up my stamina and become a starter?
I wouldn’t aim to be a reliever at your age. Just keep throwing and throwing and strengthening your arm. If you have arm pain then i would get that checked out
In my opinion, key here being opinion, every baseball player should work on building their stamina. Think about it like this, let’s say you are a reliever for the upcoming season, that’s fine. If you keep working on building up and you can start throwing more innings then you could start games. Starters get more innings than relievers, so it’s what you want to do.
Also, saves are irrelevant. Even some mlb people could care less about saves. Never met a high school coach that was concerned with the number of saves a kid has and I would assume college coaches wouldn’t care either. All that matters is that you get people out.
Keep in mind that some mechanics are more efficient than others. Inefficient mechanics wear you down faster. Also, poor control and poor pitch selection/sequencing can cause you to throw more pitches which also wears you down faster. And don’t forget about proper nutrition and sleep.
Try to work on the stamina, that way if you do have good stamina you can pitch from the pen of start. But keep in mind the best relievers (Aroldis Chapman, Wade Davis) among others started their careers as starters. If you get your stamina and eventually do move to the bullpen, you will be able to put more heat on your pitches because of your better stamina.
Ultimately having good stuff is most important and will get you noticed, being a good reliever is cool but it will only get you noticed if you constantly get strikeouts on off speed or light up the radar gun. The best way to work on that is to work on stamina, that way when you get rest you can throw as hard as possible.
I’d say that a pitcher’s ability to get quality hitters out more than one trip through the lineup is what turns heads. Starters get looks not relievers…unless you are throwing 95+.
Nearly every MLB reliever, specialist and closer was a starting pitcher in college and HS. They are then turned into their current role early in pro ball, based on a number of different factors.
If you don’t have 3 truly above-average pitches (aka, “plus pitches”), you won’t be a starter in pro ball because as @CoachPaul stated so well, you won’t be able to get through a MLB lineup a second time through.
For relievers, 2 truly above-average pitches gets it done.