Jordan Harrison: LHP AA Tampa Rays

 

 

 

 

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

 It was the middle of the 2014 season and I was in Montgomery Alabama and I really started to struggle.  So they sent me down to high A and I still struggled. That's when they asked me to try it and I've been doing it since.

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

 I would have to say the biggest advantage is movement of the ball. You get a lot more ground ball outs and hitters aren't used to that angle.

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

I had a lot of success conventionally but I always struggled to get lefties out. Now I don't have that problem. I think everything happens for a reason so I'm glad it timed up the way it did. 

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

 Give it a try if they can't get outs over the top! 

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

I would say to not worry about mechanics because there isn't a right way to do it. Find what's comfortable and the rest is trial and error.

6. What pitches do you throw?

Fb 86-89 Slider 77-80 Ch up 78-82

7. How do you pitch to lefties/righties?

  Righties I throw from the right side of the mound and I'm primarily fb, change up with the occasional surprise slider. Lefties I'm on the left side to have a better angle and I throw fb, slider. A lot of sliders to lefties though!

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

I would have to say getting left handed hitters out and getting to be different than everyone else.