Sounds like some one trying to out think himself… throw the ball! you do not have to tell your body everything to do, it just throw it! HOLY COW!
good to hear!
Dick, I agree with you! I am not a ball player but I could call pitches way better than what is going on here. After I told Heston to ignore the location call on his curve ball and either throw it for a strike middle out or bounce it, he has not hit another batter. Geoff, Heston has a wicked curve ball that has a very late, sharp break down and away from a righty. It is a very good pitch, and he rarely hangs it. If he does hang it, usually they get around on it too quick and foul it off. I am not one to advocate causing bad blood, but I would personally like to see Heston drill one of those elbow droppers in the ribs with a good 90+ fastball, that is if it would not cause a run or anything!
Hey Scott! When Heston started hitting high 80’s, low 90’s there was a noticeable drop in swings against him. He began striking a lot more batters out because they would take so many pitches. Conversely, walks went up also a little due to the fact that they were not swinging as much. Now that he is in college, he is not striking out as many. The hitters are better at the next level and are not as intimidated by 90+ fast balls as they were in high school. He has had to make the adjustment to pitching to contact low in the zone and letting his defense do the work. The hitters also seem to know the strike zone better and are a little harder to trick with a ball way off the plate. Better control at the college level is sure enough something that must improve. You guys hang in there! Brad
Heston finally got another start, 5 inning complete game, run rule against a team that beat them up pretty good about a month ago, 5 innings of shut out baseball, 62 pitches,5k, 2bb, 3 hits. maybe he will get a few more starts now. They have mainly been using him out of the bull pen. He has been doing well out of the pen, not giving up many runs. Biggest problem lately has been a lot of hit batters. I have not been able to watch him so I questioned him on the loss of control. It turns out that his genius pitching coach has been calling for inside curve balls to right handed batters. In this JUCO conference, they wear elbow armor and have been sticking their elbow out in front of the pitch. I told him to just throw it over the plate or just off the OUTSIDE corner, forget that inside stuff, hell, it is hard enough to throw a curveball consistently for a strike much less paint the inside corner to a righthand batter. Things seem to be looking up for now!
congratulations! sounds like a great day for sure! Keep the updates coming~
I could not agree more!
It is good to see that a coach is into this program. You are going to ba a pioneer so a lot of what you come up with will be with trial and effort. I would say not to force this on any of your pitchers… take the ones that seem really on board with it and work with them, the results will speak for themselves. I also would encourage you to find a way to work with these pitchers in the upcoming off season. I know that you want things to happen quickly and there should be some improvement, however, you time seems limited and this is not something that can be squeezed into a small time frame. Getting the boys interested in watching themselves on video is a huge step in my opinion. Seeing their mistakes instead of hearing about them is the best way to learn quickly. If you can, tag each pitch with the velocity/control so when you review the tape, they can see what they did different on the 85 mph pitch as opposed to the 80 mph. They should be able to pick up on what was mechanically different with each pitch. Hang in there, you may not see much at the beginning, butlike I have stated before, if you can get with these boys in the summer, you could have something huge happening with your pitching program. IF I wer eyou, I would try to get as many boys that are on your High school team on a tourny team and have them play together all summer. Here in Arkansas there is now a high school summer league that is getting bigger every year and is showing some very positive results by having the boys play together more. Oh, by the way, this league is not “officially” sponsered by the schools. they are coached by the high school coaches except during the dead period. Brad
Scott, it does seem that now that Heston knows that it is on him, he is making an effort to really work on his game himself. He wants me to video him at his next start so he can look it over. This is a relief to me that he is paying more attention to his game. I wish I could video him more often, but that is not possible. It would seem that some of these boys on here that got introduced to this program later in their pitching career just have to all on their butts a few timed to get the message.
It has been a busy year so far and I have not had much time to be on here with you fellas. I check in now and then and it is good to see that the hard work is going on. I will give you some of what Heston has done this year. Since he is in college and working out there I had not seen him throw before season. He said he was doing well so I took it at that. The first time I saw him throw I thought I was going to throw up… early hand break, sweeping hands way over head, stepping across himself, maybe htrowing 80 mph… I was devastated. He came in that game and could not get through an inning… no control of any pitch and no velocity. After the game we talked. He said their pitching coach wanted him to change and he did. However he stated that he knew he had never thrown that badly in is life and was very embarassed by what had happened. I told him that he was a man now andhe would have to take charge of how he threw. I did not know what to do… My wife however was as upset as I was. She went to the head coach and told him that we set them a young man throwing in the 90’s with control and that now he was no good to himself or the team. She suggested that I take beck over his coaching and he agreed! He stated that he did not know that their pitching coach was messing with his pitching motion. To make a long story short, Heston got his first college win yesterday after only 2 weeks of getting back into his correct motion. His velocity was 85 mph at the plate, probably 90+ out of the hand and his control over his pitches is getting back. He has more movement on his fast ball so needs to make an adjustment there. My wife told me that he threw 8 curveballs in a row for strikes, striking 2 batters in a row out on 6 curve balls. he is on his way back. I did tell him that I would not go back and help him start over again. I will help him make adjustments but never to start over. It is time for him to take over and my wife said she could see him making adjustments on the mound for himself yesterday. I am proud of him for finally taking his future into his own hands. Hope not to bore you fellas, I have not gotten to watch him throw much this year as I have had to work on most of his games… i think that now he will make one of the conference starters by the time their conference starts. Hang in there fellas, sometimes disappointments make stronger character, which I hope is happening with Heston!
Nice to see you guys hanging there! I know that velocity seems to be important but what really sets the top tier pitchers apart from the rest is good control of great off speed pitches. At least that is what I notice any way. A good fast a ball can get turned around fairly easily by a good hitter, but goood off speed pitches will make a really good hitter look bad if executed well.
I probably have one that will top it.
Jake, I have some questions, How old are you? Do you have anyone assisting you on your pitching?
I have never seen anyone throw out of the stretch with only the toe on the ground. Since the mound slopes downward,You would have to be way up on the toe, which seems very uncomfortable and would seem to serve no purpose other than to have you fighting for you balance right from the beginning. I would just put you foot on the ground as you have to bend your leg any way to get the foot off the ground. No need to make this any harder by doing something that is unneeded.
Brantley, I agree with Dick, you look like you are thinking about throwing and not just letting it happen. While there are things that may need to be tweaked along the way in a pitchers career, constant tweaking is counter productive. If Heston is throwing hard and throwing strikes with control of all his pitches, We do not mess with him at all. Only when there seems to be something that consistently showing up that seems out of whack do we really worry about checking it out in minute detail. Relax, go back to what you were doing with Dick and stay with that until it becomes second nature. If you make a major change to your golf swing, you cannot tweak it until you have the basics of the swing down pat. usually problems that you think need attention will go away if you stick to the basics. Good luck, No play hard and make your own luck. I will be looking forward to your college season updates.