Cla Meredith: Former MLB pitcher - Red Sox, Padres, Orioles

 

https://youtu.be/7QnVu5IbW-I

 

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

I dropped down mostly cause i had the natural ability to do so...i was blessed with a strong arm and i wanted to look like the big leaguers when i was young playing the infield, slinging it across the diamond. i was able transfer that ability to the mound, i then realized the ball had natural sink and things took off from there...

 

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

Advantages-movement, sink, ball has late life in the strike zone inducing poor contact, high ground ball percentage, deception, hitters dont see it often-ive heard from some that the delivery makes for an uncomfortable at bat.

 

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

I would not have had the same success had i personally not dropped down, i believe i could have been a solid college performer, however i have little that would set me apart aside from that sidearm sinker

 

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

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

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6. What pitches did you throw?

I have exclusively thrown 2 seam fast balls, or "sinkers" in my career coupled with a slider. I have had success at times with a change up but have never found it to be comfortable nor do i have the same confidence in the pitch. i stick to a simple plan my daddy taught me, dont get beat on your third best pitch!!!

 

7. How did you pitch to lefties/righties?

I attack righties and lefties very similar...right handers see a mix of sinkers and sliders, i want contact early in the count most times therefore im throwing 75% first/second pitch sinkers, sliders are usually used ahead in the count and as an OUT pitch. i dont try to trick hitters, i just try to execute and let the chips fall where they may. i tend to stay away from lefties with my sinker looking for pull happy hitters to beat balls in the ground, good lefties will take what u give them and look to shoot the ball to the left side. i use my slider on both the back foot, and the belt as well as back door. i will use it mostly ahead in the count.

 

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

I like pitching from that angle for a number of reasons, however when im "on" i think its thrilling to know all eyes are on you, i believe that there has always been something intriguing about sidearmers in baseball. fans tend to watch the guys slinging it from down low. lastly, i have always hated being called a "submariner" i throw side arm, right off my hip, damn reporters never get it right.