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Darrell Coulter
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November 14, 2011 - 10:58 am
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Coach,

That is a great list and plan.

That is what it takes to "learn how to pitch".  

Here is what I believe sets most pitching coaches apart.

The best coaches can take your list and break it down into teachable components and figure out a away to practice them at close as game intensity as possible.

Your list is the mental side of pitching and you have to a plan to practice every aspect of your list above.

I truly believe that having the ability to "Learn how to pitch" and the ability to "teach How to Pitch" is what sets the best pitchers and pitching coaches apart.

Make it simple (Not necessarily easy, Pitching is Hard), then practice it until they get it.

Trust+Motivation+Work Ethic+Competitiveness+Practice= Confidence (Great Pitcher)

Sounds Simple doesn't it.

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John - Brent Porciau and Perry Husband are my two favorite baseball guys right now, because they both do original work that transfers directly to success on the baseball field.  Perry's work is by far the best I've ever seen on the science/art of getting hitters out - and he backs it up with voluminous research from Inside Edge.  And it works.  Any coach who works with pitchers or calls pitches should own his Downright Filthy series.  It's three books and over 400 pages - but, I'll try to summarize them in a few sentences... (!)

Effective Velocity refers to the fact that every pitch requires different timing on the part of the hitter in order to make 100% on-time contact.  Example:  a 90 mph fastball thrown right down the middle will have an EV of 90.  The same speed pitch thrown up and in will have an EV of 93, and the same speed pitch thrown low and away will have an EV of 87.  Even though all three pitches are thrown at the same speed, the hitter must time each of them differently.  Manipulating EV spreads (the difference between the EV of consecutive pitches) is what prevents hitters from making 100% contact and spreads wide enough cause swings and misses.  No way that does it justice - but that's it in a nutshell.  You can find much better explanations on his website.  (Brent is familiar with the concept - I've seen him refer to it in at least one of his articles.)

As a far as your question about specific strategies, in it's simplest form it can be as elementary as recognizing that (in my opinion) entire generations of hitters have grown up unable to hit an inside pitch because of the emphasis on pitchers throwing low and away all the time and hitting coaches emphasizing "look away - react inside".  We pitch inside very effectively - and it's even more important that guys who don't have great velocity throw inside. 

In it's more advanced form, I've worked with pitchers to craft specific pitch combinations and speeds to attack hitters.  Taking a little off the outside fastball and throwing max fastballs inside creates EV spreads that tie hitters in knots.  For instance, my oldest son became much more of a strikeout pitcher in college after implementing EV strategies.

When fully implemented, the EV  concept tells you exactly where to throw the next pitch based on what happened on the last pitch.  Soft away and hard inside has been around since Christy Mathewson and Cy Young, and it sounds elementary, but it gives you a full system for calling every pitch you throw - assuming you can throw the ball where you want to.

I've been charting pitches for a long time and I'm convinced that Perry's work has made it into MLB.  And I know he has worked with some MLB teams.  Successful pitchers in MLB pitch completely different than the days of Maddux-Glavine-Smoltz living away-away-away.  But, hitting coaches are still teaching hitters to look away-away-away - especially at the amateur level.  Understanding the concepts of EV - even if some of my amateur pitchers can't execute it in its advanced form - has resulted in a lot of success getting hitters out.

3X and EV would be a wicked combination.

    

   

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Thanks Coach.  I bought book 1, and my son enjoyed it.  Looks like I should go ahead and get him books 2 and 3.  

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Couldn't agree more with pitching inside... hitters at the youth/high school level are all looking away, away, away, and they will poke balls into the opposite field all day long.  Couple that with pitchers who aren't comfortable throwing inside (not trusting their control) and that makes many a pitcher getting lit up.  I am also a fan of throwing change-ups inside - love watching Lincecum do this; the hitter has to react faster to an inside pitch and if they think it's a fastball, they are so out in front of a good change-up.  Good stuff!

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Great observation, Doc.  Lincecum is the king of effective velocity in MLB.  It's one explanation for how he blows 93 mph fastballs by major league hitters.  One of the keys to EV is throwing three different pitches at three different speeds that all travel in the same tunnel for the first 20 feet of flight, and then go to three different locations in the strike zone.  Lincecum does that better than anyone and one of the keys is his changeup that he throws low and inside - the opposite of conventional teaching that teaches to throw changeups away.  You have to be a real student of the game to appreciate why Lincecum is so good.  Darrell Coulter writes great posts about how to learn to pitch.  Lincecum is the best example I know of combining 3X mechanics with knowing how to pitch.  I love the guy.   

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Coach,

I have to be honest, if it wasn't for pitching inside, I would have never made it out of High School.  I pounded my fastball in constantly to set up hard sliders away.  

I still hear a bunch a coaches that preach away, away away.

E.V. with 3 pitches is the MLB Million Dollar Lottery Ticket.

Hitters never get comfortable when you can throw 3 pitches in any count.

Lincecum is an artist.   Plus he gets it, it is not by accident, he is a student of pitching.

Coach thanks for the free lesson, I hear what you're saying.

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Coach Robo said:

Great observation, Doc.  Lincecum is the king of effective velocity in MLB.  It's one explanation for how he blows 93 mph fastballs by major league hitters.  One of the keys to EV is throwing three different pitches at three different speeds that all travel in the same tunnel for the first 20 feet of flight, and then go to three different locations in the strike zone.  Lincecum does that better than anyone and one of the keys is his changeup that he throws low and inside - the opposite of conventional teaching that teaches to throw changeups away.  You have to be a real student of the game to appreciate why Lincecum is so good.  Darrell Coulter writes great posts about how to learn to pitch.  Lincecum is the best example I know of combining 3X mechanics with knowing how to pitch.  I love the guy.   

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Always be a student of the game. Learn some of the hitters flaws.

 

Do they have long swings or look timid? Avoid the slow stuff, and stay with the heat!

Do they drop their hands as a first movement? Stay up in the zone!

Do they look anxious or aggressive? Get them to lunge at your off speed!

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