Baseball Strategy Tip for Developing A Solid Pitching Rotation
Everyone enjoys the excitement of the homerun; however, pitching tends
to play a larger role in the importance of a winning Baseball Strategy. Let's use high school
baseball as an example. For most high school teams, there are usually only one or two good pitchers on
each team. One of the differences between good and great high school teams is how they develop the rest
of their pitching staff.
To win at the high school
level in the playoffs and beyond, a high school team should develop a rotation of 4 to 6
pitchers. There are several reasons for this
1. Top pitchers will then get the
opportunity to rest their arms during the season.
2. It provides an opportunity for younger
pitchers to develop their skills for future seasons.
3. The coach has a number of options to
choose from for certain game situations. (For example, have a left hander throw to a left handed batter).
4. May be able to use your top pitchers in
other roles. This can be especially helpful if they
are a very good hitter as it adds a strong bat to your lineup.
5. Allows you some additional protection if
you lose one of your pitchers to grades or an injury.
Traditionally, pitchers on
high school baseball teams tend to be those who throw the hardest and or have done it for a number of
years. However, a smart high school coach should
be scouting his team every year to look for players who could be turned into pitchers. Some of the skills a coach should look for in a prospective
· Left-handed or a unique throwing motion
(ex. sidearm delivery).
· Strong arm (Fastball is above 80
· Excellent control of throws
regardless of fastball speed.
· Natural movement on
· Ability to throw a unique pitch (ex.
Once these players are
discovered, the coach should have them begin practicing pitching at every practice. Over time, their skills would improve to the point where you
could use them in game situations. Then, your
baseball strategy could shift from relying on your two top pitchers to letting these prospects start
pitching against weaker teams in your district or allowing them to pitch a few innings in certain
To help encourage players to
want to be a pitcher, the coach should give extra praise to those who are participating and repeat the
importance that pitching has on helping the team go far in the playoffs. In addition, a wise coach would recommend
these players take additional pitching or Baseball Instruction from quality baseball instructors in the
area. With a little encouragement, you can "outsource" some of this training
. This will allow for these players to keep developing their skills
and not take away from the team's overall practice time.
The benefits of
developing a pitching staff over time should allow for your high school team to move from a good to a great
program. Also, who knows, you just might stumble upon the next great
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