<p>Hi Dick,</p> <p>I was hoping you could set me straight on the topic of this post. First, let me say that my son is just starting to pitch in his 9 year old league. I am very happy to start him off correctly by following your DVD instructions.</p> <p>I am a little confused on “arm strength” when playing a positional position vs. being a pitcher and I will do my best to explain exactly what I am confused about. </p> <p>I think I understand your position and the supporting data on why how pitchers actually generate velocity…through proper mechanics which will lead to arm speed…not the same thing are “arm strength.” I understand there’s no supporting evidence that long toss, weighted balls, lifting weights, etc. do not improve pitching velocity and can actually have a negative impact. </p> <p>Does that also hold true for the development of a “stronger throwing arm” for positional players who are trying to improve their throwing arm? If you want to improve your throwing arm as an infielder, is mechanics the dominate way to improve your arm strength? </p> <p>It also strikes me as interesting that “typically” when you see someone who can throw a baseball 90 mph, they also have a great throwing arm from third base to first, or from right field to the cut-off man. I have seen kids who have very good positional arms try to pitch and they struggle to have any sort of velocity–what I would assume is problem in their pitching mechanics. Last night I was watching Atlanta play Philly and the broadcasters were commenting on how the Braves were going to put Andrelton Simmons (who has a extremely good throwing arm) on the mound if hitting did not come along. They commented on how he threw 95 mph on the mound. Of course there are a lot of unknowns, he could have great mechanics which is the reason he throws with good velocity off the mound….but he also has a great throwing arm.</p> <p>If I see a high school kid throwing hard off the mound, it’s probably a good bet he will have a good positional throwing arm too. If they don’t have much velocity pitching off the mound, more than likely they won’t have a good arm throwing in the infield either. </p> <p>I hope I did an ok job asking my question. If not, please let me know and I will try it another way. </p> <p> </p> <p>Thanks,<br>Jake372</p>
So we have to understand that whether you are throwing a baseball or a javelin or a cricket ball, it is not about the arm.
What arm strength muscles should be trained?
A pitcher who throws with above average velocity from the mound has learned how to use his body. So when he throws from other positions he will instinctively understand how to use the body whether it’s throwing form third, short or right-field.
So I don’t quite get the “great throwing arm” thing. You either have good throwing mechanics or you don’t.
Why does the right-fielder get that position. Arm strength? Or does he use his body more efficiently, generate more speed of movement, more momentum, has a faster tempo, a faster hand break…a longer stride onto a braced front leg? His body generates more elastic energy. The arm is still along for the ride.
Don’t position players get to use a crow-hop or a step before they throw? Who cares what their ball exit velocity is because they are able to use that crow hop or step to build momentum…which a pitcher is not able to do unless he is smart and uses Momentum Pitching from the wind-up.
It is all about technique and how one position player uses his body more effectively than the next one…no matter what their position.
<p>as a follow up, ive read that Simons and Corea (astros top pick last yr) have both been clocked at 99 mph on throws from short stop. Should a pitcher be able to generate similar top speeds on flat throws with good throwing mechanics from the field, stepping into the throw etc as he does on the mound? </p>
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