Well Dino, speaking of HSV, all I can say is, of all the “successful” pitchers I’ve seen, and I’ve seen a whole bunch, very very few are “dominant”. Of course a lot depends on how you define success and dominant.
As for whether they are 0-1 or 1-2, that’s something else again. People need to understand that there is at least a 50-50 chance that if the 1st pitch isn’t swung at its gonna be a strike, and ASSUMING the umpire is accurate in how he calls pitches and the pitcher throws the ball at least reasonably close to the strike zone, there’s a lot more ways to get a strike because batters will often swing at pitches that aren’t in the strike zone. Knowing all that, even the average HSV pitchers throw more than 50% 1st pitch strikes, with most close to 55%, so I can see why the PERCEPTION is successful pitchers seem to always get ahead of the hitters.
With all that, its why it doesn’t take overpowering “stuff” to be successful if the zone is “pounded”.
I honestly haven’t found that to be true. Since 2007 we’ve only had 1 pitcher who could consistently throw harder than 85, and while he was successful in HS and got drafted in the 3rd round, he wasn’t even close to the most successful pitcher we’ve had, and we’ve played some of the best teams in the country and are in one of the toughest leagues in the state.
For sure the FB sets up the other pitches, and for sure if its thrown with command and well above average velocity it will produce success. But those pitchers are few and far between compared to the amount of success there is.
It sounds as though you’re equating success to getting drafted or at least moving on to the next level. But as I said, there’s a heck of a lot of successful pitchers out there who don’t do that.
Ah, I knew it. You define success as moving up. OK, that’s your definition, but its far from what I was talking about.
Now that’s much more what I’ve been trying to get at, and its true for pitchers at any level.