A lot of you have helped in the past with my son. He finished his last season in travel as a relief pitcher only. I played recreation baseball in the spring and always drew a crowd. He is the only one in the county so far that throws like he does and we are unsure if the middle school coach will take him based on pitching alone. I have the video of him pitching but took still shots so you could get a good idea of how he looks. Any suggestions would be great! Thanks again
interesting that at that age he/you have chosen for his to pitch as a submarine pitcher. What prompted that?
He started throwing as a infielder at 7 throwing over hand and always complained it hurt. At 10 he played in left and first and was always corrected when his arm fell below what they wanted. At 11 he pitched in a rotation but could never last longer than 20-30 pitches before complaining he hurt. We had him attend pitching clinics last summer and they didn’t know what to do with him. It was suggested to let him see what he could do from that style of delivery. He did well enough that he was called back to pitch for spring and winter travel ball. He pitches this way without pain 60-80 pitches.
I pitched through middle and high school. I pitched 3/4 and did well. Dropping him down to this delivery style was something that took place over time. This is where her feels comfortable and can consistently hit the zone down and in.
jschool–It doesn’t matter what your son’s arm-slot is if he can consistently throw strikes and get batters out. At the pro level sidearmers and submariners typically seem to do much better against same-side batters…so they are often used as specialist relievers. But at HS level the surprising novelty of your son’s delivery may keep a lot of hitters off-balance. If he has got control and decent velocity from down under he should do alright…hard-to-hit movement comes for free with that arm-slot.
My wise and wonderful pitching coach of way back when—he was a key member of the Yankees’ Big Three pitching rotation—firmly believed that every pitcher has a natural motion, and what he would do was work with said pitcher to maximize his or her capabilities. I was a natural sidearmer—not particularly fast but with some pretty good stuff—and he showed me how to take full advantage of what I had and could do. He told me that he would never change a pitcher’s natural arm slot but would show how to utilize it to the fullest; what I learned from him over the almost four years he worked with me was nothing short of priceless. And so I say, whatever arm slot the kid is comfortable with and that enables him to pitch effectively, let him stay with it, and if the coaches don’t like it they can call him “k’nocknissel” (a Yiddish word meaning “nutcrack 8) er”).