Every person who has ever given me pitching instructions has tried to correct the angle in which my hand is at when i release the ball. I am a right handed pitcher, and every time i go to pitch a fastball my hand is slightly to the right (or facing toward the left handed batter) which causes my fastball to spill differently. I could Correct it if i worked on it, but anyone who has ever seen me says i have phenominal movement on my fastball. It has also made learning the curveball incredibly easy and so id prefer to throw the curveball over my fastball. But that is mainly because my fastball has never been fast. The last time i was clocked i was at 65 Mph (when i was 14, at a tryout for an aau team), but since than i have worked out nonstop and think my velocity has increased some.
My question is, Does this hand angle hinder the velocity of my fastball? Would it be worth it to sacrifice the movement for more velocity? Also, can thisway of throwing be of any concern for the health of my arm? I have been in physical therapy a lot the last few years. They say it is because I learned my curve at age 12 or 13 and used it extensively to make up for my lack of speed. But I was wondering if maybe the way i throw has contributed it all?
Thanks a lot,