Too slow velocity for my age


#1

im a 17yr 5’8 230lb soon to be senior in HS. Since this is my last year in HS i thought i could try pitching. i did pitch befor but that was in lillte league and i olny did it for 1yr. so i was at a fast pitch booth in phillies stadium and i topped out at 72mph. is that too slow for my age.

i know how to throw 4 pitches:
2-seam
4-seam
split
circle-change
all of my pitches have preety good movement down in the strike zone.


#2

Personally if your 2-seam and change up have good dropping movment and so does ur splitter you should be more then good enough for varsity. You;re pretty much in the same boat as me but you throw harder. I’m 16 5’8 207 and i throw…66-69 mph
I personally think your pitching will be ok if you can locate. But HS coaches only care you have good velocity and a curve to go with it. They rarely see the little things like how you have a few droping pitching that will induce alot of ground balls. I say just work on it. try gettin ur velo up to 80 mph thats “standard” speed for varsity. Run , lengthen stride (if need be) make sure your mechanics are good.


#3

Unless you have TERRIFFIC movement, you’ll need some more velocity. An average varsity pitcher can throw upards of 78+. Throwing 72 will be BP to them unless you can really change speeds A LOT. And your fastball needs to have movement. No matter how well you can change speeds, a flat 72mph fastball will get crushed.


#4

You would probablly do ok for an inning or two, but once they got theire timing right they would hit you, unless you had great movement, command and a good change up.

The best thing would probablly be for you to be a reliver after the fastest pitcher on your team. You would probablly do very well in that role. I’m 15 (5’8" 130) and I only throw about 70. Last year there was a game where our starter was getting hammered (he was throwing low 70’s). The my coach put me in. At that time I don’t think I topped 65. But everything was like a changeup to the other team, so i did pretty well–2 k’s and a pop out.