Threw well in my final outing of the season… three up three down with a K in the top of the 9th in a 4-2 game vs. Boston College, which we would go on to tie in the bottom of the 9th. I went back out there in the 10th, and the batter hit a swinging bunt that bounced right in front of the plate and rolled down the 3rd base line…an in betweener that our catcher hesitated on, then bobbled and couldn’t make the play. If I had gone for it from the very start and called him off right away I could have maybe made the play, but it is what it is. I was taken out and our next guy got me out of the jam with no harm done. We went on to win the game with a walk-off.
I never found out what my velocity was that outing, but I’m going to say it was about 87-89…nothing special like I was hoping for, but still plenty good enough to get some really stupid looking swings and be hard to hit.
Ended the season with 6.2 IP, 5H, 1ER, 3BB, 9Ks and something like a 1.50 ERA
Factoring in my intra-squad outings during the season and taking away my first outing against LSU (where I actually pitched well but gave up 3H and 1ER in 0IP) my stats looked something like 9.2 IP, 3H, 0ER, 4BB, 14Ks
The problem is, my first 3 or so outings are where all (one) of my earned runs occurred, in addition to most of my walks and hit batsmen. There is something to be said for earning a coach’s trust early in the season, because it is all but impossible to earn back once he lacks faith in you. That is when the mid 80’s strike throwers start taking priority, despite batters hitting near .300 against them.
I’m in Bloomington Illinois now, ready for our summer season to get underway.
My first day here I threw with Dan in his facility where he has a wall mounted gun, and sat about 87-88 on flat ground and 88-89.6 off the mound in turfs. The gun misred a handful of times at something ridiculous like 135mph, some of which looked noticeably harder out of the hand, so it’s possible I hit higher than 89.6mph.
I felt like that was pretty decent, but I looked at the video and I’m still not getting my hips open all the way and I’m leaking a lot of velocity there. My hips are getting locked and I’m not staying back long enough to get to that fully triple extended position. Still, it was nice to see easy 89’s show up on the screen, which is where I was last summer and a good sign going into the coming months.
Yesterday I threw a bullpen to one of our catchers, and was spotting up most of my pitches. The velocity was probably 87-88 off a similar indoor mound and although I felt good during the bullpen, I stiffened up on the posterior/lateral part of my elbow afterwards. I am not nearly as stiff today but it is still very noticeable and I’m going to take a couple days off from throwing just to nip it in the bud. Still hoping to get my first outing this weekend if possible, but I’m going to play it smart, since this summer is more about me developing, training right and staying healthy, not putting up dominant stats in a crappy summer league.
That all being said, I’ve learned a ton from Dan already and I hope to keep everyone updated on how everything is going here in Bloomington