Over the last year I have posted vids of my son throwing - he is LHP and 5-10, 170lbs, and 16 years old. Many of you gave feedback, and he went 5-1 this past year (Junior year) on a state championship team - not bad. However, his velocity was really starting to be a concern: it was not increasing! We did lots of long toss, weighted balls, flat ground, lifted, etc. At two Christmas camps he was clocked at 77-78, and in March he was 79 - one good thing about this is that he really focused on his off speed stuff - very good changeup and a plus curve - he has recently started throwing a slider that has out of nowhere become a very effective pitch.
I say all of this because this past weekend he pitched against a very good team and gave up only two hits (1 ER) in 6 innings of work - got the win. When he got home I asked if they clocked him and he said he did not know. I emailed the Perfect Game guys and they said he topped out at 85! I actually had them double check to make sure.
Here is the deal: over the last 2 months we recommitted to getting his hips going to the plate with explosion. We video taped him multiple times and fixed several things including lowering his arm slot, and really focusing on “cracking the whip”. All I can say is that we are now big believers in getting things going to the plate with a long stride - his stride 100% of his hight - we are trying to get even more - it used to be around 55 inches. One more thing - we stopped doing heavy bench press. What do you all think? Oh yea, he gets going to the plate as soon as his foot comes off the ground - it took a while before he was able to get his leg out in front in time - the result is that his arm is much faster. I’ll get vids soon. Thanks for everyone’s help!