Hey everyone, just registered on this site and I have to say I love it. Looks like there are some great baseball minds on this site and i look forward to learning from you all.
Now lets get to my question. Im 15 years old turning 16 in a month and Im playing AAA baseball in Ontario. Im a left handed pitcher and although I have not been on a radar gun in about 4 years I was throwing mid 60s at the age of 11 so i dont really have an idea of where I am now. Anyways our season starts at the beginning of June and Im looking to develop a 3 or 4 pitch arsenal for the season.
For pitch 1 I will of course go with my 4-seam fastball as it is the most generic. A little tuning on my accuracy and location and it will be good to go.
As for pitch 2, Im developing a change-up as a go to off-speed pitch. I have presently worked with the circle-change grip as I feel it is the most comfortable however, Im willing to switch to a palm grip or, 3 finger grip if it can be proven more effective.
A 3rd pitch Ive worked with and although needing a little work on can throw with success is a sinker/2-seam fastball. I can cut it both in and out to left and right handed batters but consistancy may be a problem as it is, like my changeup, a work in progress.
My other option was a curve. I know how to throw a curve ball and my cousin who has a fair bit of knowledge about the game (catching for the Ottawa-Nepean Canadians premier all-Ontario under 18 team.) said to use it with caution. He showed me a way to throw it just as effective without the door-knob turning motion in my arm but im unsure.
I came with the same conclusion when thinking about a slider. Injury is something I clearly want to avoid and when it comes to a slider I havent really done anything with it. My question here was weather it was worth for me to learn.
Finally, if it comes to it, learning/ throwing a 4th pitch for me is indeed possible. I can throw a split-finger/splitter albeit not to accurate but if im going with a sinker i believe it wouldnt be necessary. A forkball and screw ball are out of the question as i have not experimented with either leaving me with my last option. I can throw a knuckleball with some good movement and velocity. Im wondering though if since im not throwing mid-high 90s yet my knuckleball wont be thrown fast enough to work successfully.
I know Ive thrown alot out there but just to sum it all up here it is again.
pitch 1: definetly a 4-seam fastball
pitch 2: circle-change up unless a better format is given
pitch 3: 2-seam fastball/sinker, curve*, slider* ( *worried about injury)
pitch 4: split-finger/splitter, knuckleball
The help is greatly appreciated. Im willing to work as hard as i need to to get what i need completed and will consider all options so please help me out here.