Nate Robertson: Former LHP Tigers, Marlins,Phillies

 

1. Could you tell us your story on dropping down?

  I dropped down because my "stuff" wasn't as good as it used to be following the four operations i had on my elbow and i needed to try something different because of the fact i was having little success up top...it was brought to my attention and encouraged by Bob Stanley when he was my pitching coach in vegas...the idea was to create deception and more movement

 

2. What are some of the advantages you had from your arm angle?

it worked out great and success soon followed once i got my command in place.

 

3. If you didn't drop down, do you think you would have had the same success?

Guess it restored a couple more years to my career but unfortunately it didn't get me back to the big leagues

4. What would you tell someone debating on changing their arm angle?

 i would tell someone who needs a career path change or another means to advance to give it a try no doubt.

5. Are there any mechanical tips that you'd give to someone throwing sidearm/submarine?

 it's definitely a feel delivery so repeating it is vital when it comes to command

6. What pitches did you throw?

I threw a sinker and change with a lot of confidence and the slider was great when i had a good "feel" for it on that given night

7. How did you pitch to lefties/righties?

I ran the sinker in a lot on lefties and stayed away from righties mostly

8. Lastly what was your favorite part about pitching from down there?

my favorite part about throwing down there was that is was unique, especially from the left side...I felt like hitters were uncomfortable in their at bats well before they stepped in the box