If I am a 17-year-old, 165 lb pitcher, and can consistently throw 79-82 MPH for my fastball, if I get up to 200 lb with 12% or less body fat, should I be able to throw in mid 90s or at least the 90s?
Bodyweight has been directly correlated to fastball velocity.Relationships between ball velocity and throwing mechanics in colle...I touch upon this point here: "As a general rule of thumb, our Sacred Heart pitchers will gain 2-4 mph a season during their 4 years in college. As much as I would love to say it’s just training, there are numerous reasons why we get increased ball velocity each year including mechanical improvement, growth of body due to puberty, increased muscle mass, and improved body awareness/muscular coordination. The interesting trend is that most of our athletes tend to add anywhere from 5-15 lbs of bodyweight each year. Does 5-15lbs = 2-4mph on the mound? Maybe."Why All Baseball Players Should Be Using CreatineWith my pitchers, we have the following hierarchy/system:1) Mechanics Rule All: Increase mechanical efficiency your energy leaks will decrease and velocity will go up.2) Increase General Strength: Building a foundational base strength is not only performance enhancing, but done properly will decrease the risk of injury.3) Increase Muscle Mass: More muscle mass, the more potential to apply force.4) Increase General Force Production (e.g. Power): Allows us to tap into more high threshold motor-units to produce more force and increase IIx muscle fiber.5) Increase Skill Specific Power: Explosive training in a transverse plane. This could be med ball throws, weighted or under-weighted ball throws, long toss, flat ground or even mound work.We have had many mid 90MPH pitchers (injury free to boot) as well as some whom have touched 99+MPH. Some of these athletes have gained upwards of 50lbs of very clean weight (still viable abs) in less than a year. Everyone is different based on genetics, work ethic, movement capabilities, diet etc.Alan Jaeger is outstanding. He get's the whole spectrum of training and popularized formal long toss.If you are mechanically efficient, have relatively long levers and can increase body mass to 200lbs and force production increase proportionally it is very possible.
How fast should the average 14 year old throw a Baseball at Fresh-men/Highschool?
I'm 14 and I've been playing baseball for 4 years, I have been an all-star for 3 years except my first year playing baseball which was actually the first time I touched and threw baseballs. Now I am 14 and I am a Fresh-men I have great defense, alright hitting, and my pitching is fast. I have never been clocked before but I do know that there are about 3 Fresh-men in the school that can throw around 80. My pitching is about the same speed as one of the Fresh-mens pitching which was 83, does this mean I throw around his speed? Never being clocked it makes me wonder, besides I have been playing for 4 years and the others have been playing since pee-wee baseball or whatever its called, so that means They have about 4 more years of experience than I do, is it good that Ive been playing for such a short time and I'm already at there level pitching wise and defense wise. I would like to know because I really want to surpass (Be greater than) the #1 Fresh-men. Thanks for reading :P
I can pitch a 85 mph fastball, is this fast?
Yes that is really good for your age. As your body matures and mechanics get better you could be pitching in the 90's