DJ Carassco: Former MLB pitcher - several teams

 

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

When I was drafted I threw from a low 3/4 arm slot. In the minors with the Cleveland Indians they actually wanted me to raise my arm angle which I did but my velocity dropped. When I signed with the Pirates they didn't have much invested in me so they let me do whatever I wanted and went back to old arm slot and started working on submarine to mix in at times.

 

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

The advantages I had were deception, with the different types of movement I can create from different release points.

 

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

No, I was a righty in the low 90's just like everyone else. That is one of main reason's why the Kansas City Royals rule 5'd me in 2003 was because I dropped down. It was a gimmick that not everyone did to stand out.

 

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

If dropping down, you still need to be mechanically sound, if not more so. Definitely need good co-ordination and a strong lower half.

 

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

I would say to try and hide the ball as best as you possibly can.

 

6. What pitches did you throw?

Fastball 4, 2 seam, cutter, split, curveball.

 

7. How did you pitch to lefties/righties?

Righty's away early, in late...lefties mix it up and down.

 

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

Hitters seemed tricked by it. It is good feeling that if I throw my pitch 90% of time I'm gonna get them out.