Hi Coach Mills,
I wanted to see if I could get some help with my son’s pitching.
The problem is that he has plateaued at around 81-82 mph, and this has been for almost a year now.
Samuel, is a 6’1″, 165lbs, 16 year old entering his Junior year in HS. He is a borderline dominate pitcher averaging around 1.5 strikeouts per inning, but he does it with a devastating split/change and a jelly-legging curve. Because he is only throwing in the low 80s the scouts aren’t looking. He threw in the Under Armour Tourney in SoCal against 18 year olds, pitched a complete game (7 innings), 9 k’s, 1 bb, 4 hits and 1 run, but the scouts put a gun on him and then stopped taking notes (even though he had 5 k’s in the first 2 innings). They only hit the ball out of the infield against him once the whole game.
He is getting frustrated because we just can’t get to that next level of velocity.
We have purchased your DVD’s but I think I must be missing something. We do record the bullpens.
Anything you could do to help would be great!
Here is what I am seeing:
1. he is collapsing his back leg thus…not getting back leg drive.
2. at landing his trunk is not level so his throwing elbow is low. This makes it difficult to get his trunk up and over his landing leg into ball release
3. he is not bracing his front knee – notice he continues to drift forward and does not brace until his trunk is nearly facing home plate
4. his throwing arm is not at full extension at ball release because of the low elbow position at landing
Before I tell you what I would do I need to see him out of the stretch and from the three positions.
He is losing at least 5 mph maybe 7.
What is he doing for conditioning?
<P>http://youtu.be/EhWqKTGZw74</P> <P> </P> <P>Hi Coach,</P> <P> We have some good news to report. Samuel has been contacted by both UC San Diego and Cal State Fullerton asking him to come to their prospects camps!</P> <P>You also asked how tall he is. He is just over 6’1″</P> <P>His stride is just under 6′ (we know because the mound we practice on has another rubber at 54′ and his toe is a couple of inches from landing on that rubber).</P> <P>For conditioning he has been doing part of (I know, I know…) P90X, YogaX, CoreX, Plyometrics, and CardioX. Now that school has started they are doing SCAR training and some lifting (he tells them there are some exercises his coach doesn’t want him to do)</P> <P>We have your power conditioning and he was resisting doing it but he did it tonight and found it very helpful. Said he will get up early and do it before school now.</P> <P>Thanks!</P>
Again, his starting position is too far forward. He never gets his head and his weight positioned over his back leg… so he ends up landing with his trunk too far forward and therefor cannot get much out of his trunk.
At landing his front knee continues to drift forward until his trunk is nearly facing the target.
1. I would go back and watch the DVD’s first. Understand the starting position, proper weight shift and a good landing position.
2. fix his starting position so he can build more momentum – at hand break he is too far forward. His weight should still be back.
3. at landing his elbow is low…and you want the nose positioned over the bellybutton – fix the beginning and this gets fixed. If he started further back it would give him more time to accelerate his body and get his arm up because he would be moving faster.
Also, his finish is poor. His throwing hand should finish back behind his landing leg. He is essentially stopping his arm at the end which can cause arm problems.
<p> Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!</p> <p>We will go work on it tonight! :-D</p>
<p>Sounds like we have a lot wrong. Anything positive I can tell him to him upbeat?</p> <p>Again some of the best money I have spent!</p>
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