Throwing strikes is what makes you a pitcher - not so much heat, not so much the break on your moving pitches, and not so much on all the other hoopla that goes along with the pitching game. You’re up there because you can deliver - STRIKES.
How come coach?
In baseball, a 300 batting average is consider something pretty decent. But is it? Suppose you were to show up to work 3 times out of ten - would your boss be dancing in the isles? I don’t think so. Suppose you take every test at school and get 3 answers right out of every ten. Kind-a tells you a lot about how things will go from there, right?
Ok, let’s look at the batting side of the equation. If the top of the batting order that you’ll be facing has - on average, say a 300 batting average, then that means that you have a 70% percent chance to beat that portion of the batting order … the top 4 batters. Then, you have 5,6, 7, and 8 in the order that’ll be even easier. Then, it’s 9, 1, then 2…
So, the first 4 gives you a 70% chance of beating that portion of the order, the next batters will have say a 250 batting average which will probably give you a 75% chance of beating that portion, then the next portion of the batting order will probably have a 280 batting average which will give you a 72% chance of beating them.
All of this works in your favor, regardless of your velocity, you stuff, and most everything else, if you can just throw strikes. Once you’ve delivered the pitch, now it’s up to the batter to handle things. If the batter connects, it’s now up to your fielders to handle things.
Now granted, if the opposing lineup hits you silly, popping fly balls into places where your fielders are not, or finding holes in your infield all afternoon - you not in for a easy ride. BUT, by throwing strikes, you doing exactly what the position calls for. So look, work on strikes first. All the other stuff will come around. Strikes… strikes … strikes … strikes.