Shawn Teufel: Former LHP AAA Tigers



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

  I started throwing sidearm when I went to the NY Mets in my 4th year of professional baseball. I was drafted by the Detroit Tigers and threw conventional with them for 3 years. After being released, the Mets minor league pitching coordinator at the time had converted pitchers before from conventional to sidearm, one being Brad Ziegler. He recommended the change given my frame and body type. It was a way for me to stay competitive and extend my playing career.


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

 Deception, my arm angle gave hitters a tough time, it was difficult for them to pick up my arm slot and release point.


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

I don't think I would of had the same success with the velocity I had towards the end of my career. If I knew what organizations thought of me, I would have changed earlier.

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

If you decide to change, commit to it and don't go back. When you are finding the right arm angle, throw where you are most comfortable.

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

Keep your direction to the plate, focus on control, less moving parts the better.

6. What pitches did you throw?

 Sinker (84-86), Slider (72-75)

7. How did you pitch to lefties/righties?

As a lefty, many righties looked outside to hit the ball to right field, so I threw sinkers mostly inside to right handed hitters. Lefties had a hard time in general because of my arm angle and movement on my pitches. I found most lefties had a hard time with sinkers inside and sliders away.

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

I knew I was different and I could tell hitters felt uncomfortable in the box. Knowing I had an advantage before throwing a pitch allowed me to be more confident and aggressive.