Royce Ring: MLB pitcher several teams

 

https://youtu.be/NWywbM-p0q4

 

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

In 2005, Rick Peterson, pitching coach for the Mets, basically advised me that it was my ticket to the big leagues. Five weeks later that turned out to be true.

 

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

Some of the advantages I had from that angle was definitely the ability to hide the ball, which is a very underrated advantage. Also, my slider moved so much more from that angle, and 2-seam fastball rotated in a way to allow the ball to "drop" in stead of running inside to a righty, as they do from an over-hand angle.

 

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

It’s hard to say. It definitely got me there quicker than I probably would have otherwise. At the end of the day, though, if you have the ability to get people out it doesn’t matter what arm angle you’re at.

 

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

I think it’s a great solution for people who aren’t successful where they currently are. It’s an easy way to be effective when currently you’re not.

 

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

Extension are reaching out are really important.

 

6. What pitches did you throw?

Fastball. Curve. Change-up. Cutter. Knuckleball. Kitchen sink.

 

7. How did you pitch to lefties/righties?

I like to go inside to lefties. Breaking balls away. Use the change-up away if hitter is able to foul off the breaking ball. I stay mostly away to righties, hard and soft, with the occasional surprise-in with the fastball.

 

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

You don’t have to use extreme effort to get results. Longevity can be achieved with a strong shoulder program and maintenance.