Hi, I am new to this site and I used to play in some rubber ball thingy for a couple of season when I was around 7 but since I moved and haven’t been playing and baseball or teeball since. I have been playing other sports like cricket (bat and ball sport) and thinking about taking up baseball. I tried pitching to a net using all sort of arm slot - low 3/4, submarine, sidearm while a friend (who is playing baseball) was watching. he told me he told me its could be anywhere from mid 70mph- high 80mph but he cant tell since he is not in the batter box? and that I can find the strikezone with all of them going about full strength (80% maybe) with wind-up. as far as i can remember, I never really have any natural arm slot so what should I do? he suggested that I have a “sinking fastball?” with my 3/4 (why do you guys have to divide 3/4 and overarm anyway…) BTW I just turned 18 yrs old. around 5’10-5’11. weight around 70-75kg.
In cricket I play as a spin bowler if that helps so I think I can throw the curve pretty well as curveball and offspin ball is the same where curve emphasis more on drift (break) & flight & loop (sink) instead of getting turn of the pitch which suits me since I get guys out with my flight and loop. So I think I can throw a 12-6 curveball.
I have read about some post on good pitching mechanics and have the pretty much the same mechanics as the guy wearing the blackcap (sorry, Roger Clemens?) so i think I got fundamentals covered: hip leading, long stride, follow through etc. etc. might need to work on it as I start playing since I got a few balls and start doing it in the backyard and after everyball i checked the list… sometimes I dont have a long stride or the same, consistent follow through. I got the smooth motion or so I think. I cant provide videos but hope you guys can help with the information i have given so far. sorry for the long post. thanks