My repertoire consists of a fastball, curveball, slider, and slowly-developing change-up. Throughout high school, I relied heavily on my curveball and slider, as I lacked velocity and my change-up was pretty bad. I have gained some velocity this off-season, but not enough that I should be able to blow it by a college hitter without good off-speed. So here’s my problem:
My coach says my slider sucks. Says its terrible because it doesn’t have enough break to it and that I should only throw curveballs. On a clock, my curveball is a big, twelve-six style from letters to knees while my slider is about a 2-8 that cuts a little less than from corner to corner of homeplate. Now the solution should be simple: coach says its a bad pitch, so it probably is, so I shouldn’t throw it.
But the problem is that its not bad. That’s not my opinion. That’s everyone except him. My teammates tell me its my best pitch. My high school and legion coaches say its my best pitch. My catchers love to call it. But I’m not supposed to throw it.
I honestly don’t think its my best pitch. I think its a good pitch that compliments my curveball well because from a hitters perspective, they look the same out of my hand, but have completely different movement. We have just begun scrimmaging and I haven’t actually given up any hits with it, but coach has told me to stop throwing it and only throw curveballs because my slider will get hit.
My coach has explained to me his reasonings, and I am not one to argue with my coach, but I feel very uncomfortable on the mound without it. We had live BP yesterday and I kept finding myself thinking, “a slider would be great right here,” but I couldn’t throw it. Thoughts on how to proceed? My current idea is just talk to my coach, ask to be able to keep throwing it, and if it gets hit, then I’ll stop.