I'm 15 and a freshman. I have 4 main pitches fastball (sometimes 2 seam) curveball change up and slider. Sometimes I add a knuckle curve if it's working. Last year I was at 75 I know I'll throw harder this year though.
You should always find out in the bull pen which pitches are working for you that day. I don't like seeing a KB thrown into the mix because it can be the one that ends your game. Make a mistake and you will regret it. A dificult pitch and you are either a KB pitcher or not. The KB is a totally different pitching motion and dosen't help you gain arm strength. In the bull pen loosen up and throw you pitches that are working full out a few times before hitting the mound. You are better to have a couple pitches that are working well than have 3-4 that are not working well.
17, senior. Four pitches, fastball (and 2 seam), changeup, curve, and slider. most pitching coaches will tell you not to mix a curve and slider but if thrown properly and with distinction, having both can be an advantage. I work from 85-87 but have hit 89 on the gun. To be successful in most high school leagues you only need to be able to have command with your fastball and an offspeed pitch you can throw for strikes. 80+ is an advantage, definitely.
17 senior pitches are Fastball 4 seam and 2 seam, knuckle-curve, curve, slider, cutter and circle change. I topped out at 91 but in a game you'll see me at about 86 for a starter and about 88-90 for a closer. Go out there pitch and have fun.
16 years old throw about 75 to 80 mph fastball. I have an excellent slider when its working and my splitter is starting to drop quite nicely. Curveball never really did what i wanted it too so i do not use ti much at all and my 2 seamer it starting to move more and more so im using it frequently.
I'm 14 and I throw a 2 seam, 4 seam, Curve, Slider, and Split (used as change). I have to rely on offspeed a little more cause I only top out at 74, but my slider is 65-69 and gets a lot of Ks... gotta be careful with it though.
I am 14, and a freshman. I have 4 pitches. 4 seam FB, 2 seam FB, change up, and a slider/curve. I usually throw low to mid 70s and I have good control with my fastball. I have a stronger arm now though so probably upper 70s.
Im 17 Years old and a senior.I have 4 to five pitches. Two and four seem fastball, curveball, change up and Knuckleball. Been told i have a Major League curveball. I range from 87-90 mph as a starter. i have hit 93 on the gun.
im a 15 year old freshman. I throw a fastball ( 4 and 2 seam) in the upper 70's tho i havent been gunned this year yet and a cirlce change up as of now. I did have a good curveball, but with our coaches new technique on throwing, its hard for me to get the break on it anymore. any suggestions on a curveball i would appreciate.
if some of you dont know by now, i come from a little country town. im a catcher most of the time, but i do pitch occasionally, im a fresh and 15. i throw what is known as a country-hard fastball two seam, three seam, and four seam. i can get a two seam up about 93 and i have a change up, simple but effective
I'm 17 and a junior and i throw 3 pitches a 2 seam and very rarely mix in a 4 and then a knuckle curve it just works the best for me and a circle change. my fastball tops out at about 88 maybe 89 and my curve at about 70 to 75 and my change about 60-65. But just a little world of advice for you younger kids don't think that just making varsity is throwing gas because good varsity hitters can hit the fastball. So develope your off speed and hit your spots and you will be good to go.
for some reason i find it funny that almost every single pitcher who responded to this topic throws mid 80's to mid 90's, including some freshman. especially since the average VARSITY pitcher throws mid 70's. hmmmmm.........
dont know where you play varsity baseball at but obviously it isnt that good if your only seeing mid 70's. if you want to see some real pitching come texas. All the pitchers that start on varsity throw somewhere in the 80's and 90's. So obviously where ever your playing varsity there isnt much competition to get time on the bump.
be carefull with statistics pal. they can be decieving. if youve ever taken a statistics course youll know what i mean. If your taking the average you are including all teh kids who throw 60 and 50 in the nation. this throws off the average. look for the median itll probubly be around 80.
I'm a 16 year old sophomore. My pitches are very simply, a fastball and a change up. Some may think that I would need to throw hard to be effective considering I only use two pitches. That is just not true. I'm honestly not sure how fast I throw, but if I had to compare my self to others who have been gunned I would say I'm in the low 70's. Velocity is important, but location is VERY underrated. If you can hit the outside corner then when the batter steps closer hit the inside corner you will be VERY succesful.
The Baseball factory informed me at a Camp (So. Md.) that the National varsity pitcher avg. is 77-80. I am a sophomore and this past weekend was at a tournament and was radared 81-83 hit 85 once, I am 16 and throw 4 seam and 2 seam fastball 12-6 curve, change up. In our tournament this year there was a kid we faced who was 16 and hit 89. And about bubble's post, 93 is very unlikely for a 15 year old but not impossible, anyone heard of Robert Stock in California. He was throwing 95 at late 15 years old and is a better catcher than pitcher, one of the reasons he doesn't pitch as much is because they can't find a catcher that can catch him because he throws to hard.
If by "average" you mean the fast ball velocity of the 5th out of 9 pitchers on the typical high school team, that's about right.
If by "average" you mean the typical pitch thrown in a HS game, that's wishful thinking for the velocity-challenged. That's because maybe half or more of the innings are usually thrown by the top 2 guys on the team, and then maybe 2 more guys throw another 35-40%, and the rest of the staff gets an inning here or there. The guy who throws under 80 may never pitch at all.
In our district (7 teams, AAA), we have one kid who throws 90-92 and four who are in the 85-89 range. There are any number of kids in the 81-84 range. At the low end of that range you will get pummeled unless you have Maddux-type control, movement or off-speed stuff. (Or maybe just a classic "crafty southpaw".) In high school, it's easier to find hard throwers than Maddux types. Lots of big strong kids, but it would be expecting a lot to demand that a teenager truly master the art.
If a kid is throwing 78-80 as a freshman, he can look forward to maybe building to 85-86 by his senior year, which is good enough to be # 1 or at least # 2 on most teams. But you may have to wait your turn and take your lumps on the way up.
You'd still better learn how to PITCH. Even the guy who throws 90-92 has gotten burned some when his location is off, when he hangs a curve, or when he pitches behind and has to come into the hitting zone over and over.
I can't speak for other parts of the country or for smaller (A or AA) school districts, but I can say that the above also tracks what we see in travel ball.
Midlo Dad, you obviously see good high school baseball, but be aware that not all high school's are like that. My high school is in an average conference in Mass. and I'd say the average fastball is in the upper 70's. Yes, there was 1 kid in the high 80's, but there were many many more in the mid 70's.
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