I have this conversation with parents and coaches all the time. I don't think many take me seriously but pitchers NEED TO THROW FASTBALLS. I came across this video with the great herself (four time first team All-American, three time Olympic gold medalist, Olympic Record holder, 2 NCAA Championship titles) Lisa Fernandez discussing throwing fastballs and why, in her words, is a lost art most pitchers and coaches overlook.
Why throw the fastball?
- maintains mechanics
- can learn more movement pitches
- better translations in games - throw your best pitch on the first try
"Pitcher don't get beat on their best pitch. They get beat on their misses." Lisa Fernandez
I also wrote this article on why pitchers are not using their fastballs and how you can make fastballs effective in games. WHY HIGH SCHOOL PITCHERS ARE NOT THROWING
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