Clay Rapada: Former LHP Several MLB teams, Team Philippines WBC

 


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

I was in my second year of pro ball and the Cubs gave me an option of coming back to low A as a starter or drop down and see where it could lead.

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

Deception was the first thing as I got stronger velocity and angled helped

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

I don't know I try not to think of what ifs... I do wish I would have started earlier but I always did it for fun in high school and college

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

Take it slow because your body is not use to it.. can cause knee and back issues

 

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

Keep head down as long as possible and throw to target not out and around

6. What pitches did you throw?

Before shoulder injuries I was 87-91 - Fastball, slider

 7. How did you pitch to lefties/righties?

It was all about reading swings for righties... and I felt I had to have command of change up to have success and pitch in

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

The natural feel of it and not getting as sore as I did over the top