Phil McCormick: former AAA LHP San Francisco Giants



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

I began throwing submarine/side arm my redshirt sophomore year when I was struggling throwing quality strikes over the top. I had given up multiple runs in consecutive outings throughout scrimmages in the fall and spring, so the coaches suggested dropping down. I embraced it and began throwing while they were on a trip to Arizona State. Upon their return I ended up helping the team on the mound and continued working on it from there.


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

The major advantages were the added movement to my fastball as well as the ability to hide the ball longer from the hitter. The added sink improved my groundout to fly out ratio. The difference in arm angle is also much harder to adjust to for hitters. Especially on my arm side.


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

If I had not dropped down I wouldn't be where I am today. I had come so close to getting cut multiple times that I had to drop down, and in the end, it was the right choice for me.


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

I would suggest dropping down to someone who is struggling with getting outs over the top. If they are debating changing their arm angle then it is probably time to start experimenting.


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

The best tips I have received were to stay athletic and try to stay explosive towards the plate. The best pitch in baseball will always be strike one, but remaining athletic and directed at the plate in your delivery is always the best way to accomplish that.


6. What pitches did you throw?

I throw a fastball, slider and changeup, but my command is best with my fastball and slider


7. How did you pitch to lefties/righties?

I throw to both lefties and righties. My strategy is always to get the at bat over with early with quality strikes down in the zone for both sides of the plate.


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

I really enjoy being different from other pitchers, but my favorite part has been my journey to where my arm angle is now. I really enjoy trying to hone and embrace throwing from a lower arm angle.