This week's Pitching Drill of the Week is "Throwing the Change Up".
When pitchers have developed control of the fastball, meaning they have the ability to throw strikes regularly, their next best friend can, should, and ultimately will be the change up. Often young pitchers will want to add to their repertoire before they even have a reasonable command of their fastball (which is no easy task) and their first desire is to throw a curve ball. What they don't know is it will be much easier and more effective to develop a consistent change up as their next pitch. Why? Having an effective offspeed pitch will disrupt the timing of the hitter and the change up looks more like a fastball than any other pitch. If a hitter sees fastball in each and every way yet the ball gets there a split second later than they are anticipating...presto...you have upset the timing of the hitter.