I absolutely loved an article that appeared the other day on the Youth Baseball Blog, titled, " The Best Pitches for Beginning Pitchers." David Weller, the author of the piece, points out that far too many young pitchers are concerned with throwing the curveball - a pitch that can permanently harm an undeveloped arm.
Instead of resorting to what is really a "trick" pitch at such a young age, beginning pitchers really need to learn the basics. Knowing how to throw a four seam and two seam fastball along with a changeup is plenty good enough to keep hitters guessing.
At the beginning, it's all about learning precision and setting up the perfect foundation for adding an extra pitch or two when a young hurler gets older. Being able to vary the location, type and speed of a pitch - even if there is little movement - will certainly be enough to get young batters out.
In the article, David tells youngsters how to grip each pitch and that the real secret of pitching is to keep the batter guessing. Definitely something all young pitchers should read!
Pitching Machine Stop Quote of the Day:"Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing." - Warren Spahn