Caution with the split finger pitch
The opinions express in this post are strictly mine and mine alone. These opinions are based on my observations, purely , and not any scientific analysis or sample testing.
There is a posting subject on the split finger fastball that may get the younger pitcher – 18 and under, to consider adding this pitch to their inventory.
Now the split finger fastball is a good pitch. In fact, it can be a real game changer for a guy. HOWEVER, to properly coach and develop this product as part of a youngster’s arsenal, is a risky thing to do, in my opinion.
Why? Because the fingers are spread apart to the point that stress is on the elbow. In effect, the pitch is “pushed” to a point, not pitched in the conventional sense. I know that doesn’t seem like the case, but a careful, patient observation of the learning curve while developing this pitch is enough to warrant a cautious approach, and use.
I researched this pitch some time ago after hearing about its drawbacks and hearing of the clubs (professional) that even discourage its (split finger) constant use.
So, when coaching the youth game – 18 and under, be careful of the implications and make a reasonable judgment on the impact to your pitching staff.