My 9yr son is a strong pitcher. Very accurate and throws hard. He plays in a very competitive league on a minors team and competes against 9,10, and 11’s. He has been very competitive but we are looking for some more strategy to his pitching.
He currently throws 4 and 2 seam fast balls with movement. He also throws a lob ball that is fun to watch. His true change up seems to be more of a weak fast ball that just helps the batters.
He wants some more advice on pitching to the stronger hitters. Current game plan consists of 1st pitch strikes priority number one. Catcher setting up dead center plate and throwing 4 seams. We keep the catcher centered until he has 1 strike and less than 3 balls. If he has less than 3 balls and 1 strike catcher sets on the edges.
The problem comes from the true hitters (2 or 3 on a team). They know he is accurate so they are not intimidated by the speed. They end up digging in and playing pepper more or less. It hasn’t hurt us yet - but they are hitting the ball hard more than he would like. A real short swing through the zone, kind of just dropping the bat head onto the ball.
We have tried working on the high fastball in practice, but he struggles keeping it up high enough. It just comes up to the belt instead. I tell him to throw it at the arm pits.
Working on a change up and it just ends up being a weak fastball. The lob came out of the change up work and has been very effective.
I believe in the KISS theory. Down the middle until you have 1 strike, on the edges until you have 3 balls than back into the middle.
Another thing a don’t quite understand. He gets very few swings on pitches outside of the strike zone. I watch a lot of LL, and these kids swing at bad pitches all the time. When he is pitching, the kids (good and bad hitters) seem to shrink the zone down. The bad hitters hardly swing at anything. It’s very hard for him to get kids to swing at his pitches off the plate.