James Houser: Former LHP Florida Marlins, current AAA Rockies

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LF7Sc7Qglk

 

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

Dropping down has always been a part of my pitching. I can remember doing it at 12 years old. Being a 1st baseman. The throw on a double play was something I practiced a lot so it was something natural. After I signed they took that aspect of my game away from me and I didn't return to it untill I became a free agent 7 years later. 

 

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

The advantage you gain is the suprise element. It's not something hitters see often. 

 

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

I have no idea how much different my career would be.

 

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

You should always be developing some new way to get a hitter out. I would tell them if you think dropping down is going to make it easier. Your wrong. You still have to pitch. The novelty of it wears off as they gain at bats against you. You always have to be executing at a high rate. 

 

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

 My mechanical advise it to find a natural position to be in so you can repeat and locate. Being left handed. Ground balls at first righties at third. Take the feeling from that to the mound. Repeat spin 

 

6. What pitches do you throw?

 I throw fastball, frisbee slider, change

 

7. How do you pitch to lefties/righties?

I mix three slots to leftys and righties. I'm a mix guy. My fb isn't overpowering. But I'm not afraid of it.

 

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

My favorite part of throwing with a low angle is to watch a left handed hitter lock up on a frisbee slider for a called strike 3.  My second favorite is the upshoot fb in to leftys for a swing and miss.