check out the. The four elements of a fastball are velocity, movement, control and command. Maddux relied on a sinker, circle changeup, cutter, and two- and four-seam fastball during his 23-year career. A key to the strategy is the batter's underestimating the pitcher's stuff. Mid 50's is very slow for a 12yo. He could be a solid, cost controlled back end of the rotation piece. So, first of all, comparing guys who throw 89-90 to in prime Maddux is inaccurate. He is the pitching coach at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. But prior to his decline, Maddux threw a 92 mile per hour fastball. A lot of these kids can flat out hit. You’ve been around modern ML pitchers, coaches and management. Again, just from what I've seen with my own eyes all of last year and this year. Since Andrew Cashner, no high ceiling starting pitching prospects both succeeded in the upper minors and eventually debuted with the Cubs. All times are GMT-8. We also empahsize location and movement along with velocity. Although his fastball often sat in the upper 80s, he enjoyed plenty of success. Position: Pitcher Bats: Right • Throws: Right 6-0, 170lb (183cm, 77kg) . Good 10U pitchers throw mid 50's. The reason I get a hoot when I hear it is, my friend who was a ML pitching coach has told me what seems like a million times that he used to tell young pitchers in the organization pretty much the same thing. I’m rooting for Hendricks. Greg Maddux career pitching statistics for Major League, Minor League, and postseason baseball But let’s allow him to be that before we start comparing him to one of the greatest pitchers, if not the greatest pitcher, of most of our lifetimes. If this is your first visit, be sure to Part of the Baseball Almanac family: 755 Home Runs | Baseball Box Scores | Baseball Fever | Today in Baseball History. Second, comparing a guy who has above average to good control in the minors to the pitcher with the greatest combination of pitch movement and control in the history of baseball is a disservice to the young pitcher. There’s a big difference between 89 and 92. Copyright © 1999-2017. I can't speak for lower levels. On the 20-80 scouting scale, Maddux’s velocity through his prime was a 55-60, solidly above average, and the movement, command and control were all 70s to 80s. Gregory Alan Maddux (born April 14, 1966) is an American college baseball coach and former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher. This approach works when you look at the stats, but it's a bit underwhelming in person. In 13U I had a weak armed leftfielder I sometimes used once through the lineup against free swinging teams. The four elements of a fastball are velocity, movement, control and command. This attitude will just perpetuate people's fixation on velocity as an end in and of itself rather than a means to an end. Fans, writers, and analysts too often use it to set up a philosophical dichotomy between a guy like Maddux and a guy like Randy Johnson.