- Aug 21, 2008
This is likely the most wildly inaccurate thing I've ever read on DFP and that is saying something. My gosh you couldn't be more wrong if you tried.
All my DD could do in 12u was throw gas down the middle. Guess I should have had her give it up and get out of the way for those who really had a future in the circle.
Do you believe Kelly Barnhill threw a true riseball?I would start out with the peel drop and two versions of a change up. Peel drop is easier to learn than the turn over drop and when thrown properly looks like a fast ball but has downward movement. On the change up, I would do a 4 finger and a 5 finger change to get a couple of speed changes. Once those are mastered (assuming that could take years) I would try another pitch with movement. Possibly a curve. And remember you can change speeds on the drop and curve.
You may wonder why not a rise ball? Personally I don't believe any current HS or college pitcher actually throws a true rise ball. Oh they throw something up in the strike zone likely a fast ball or something with bullet spin, but it seems you need nearly perfect mechanics to throw a true rise.