pjalst wrote:Why is it that almost everytime we read progress reports about a pticher's development, they almost always mention that he is working on adding a change up to his asenal of pitches? You rarely see that a pitcher has a plus change up in a prospect scouting report. Why aren't more pitchers practicing, or being taught to throw a change up at the high school level or maybe even younger? It just seems like the change up is one of the deciding factors on whether you get "The Call" or not.
Most of the time when in high school and college they may work on a changeup but those MLB level pitchers generally have an advanced fastball and curve/slider and that's all they need to mow down hitters in high school and even college. By the time they get into big league ball there changeup has been neglected due to them being able to skate by with their mid 90's fastball and good curve/slider. It's tough to get kids to work on a change up when they are already blowing by hitters without it. With that said, there are a select few guys that come in with a good changeup and those are usually the guys that needed that little extra since they didn't have the dominate fastball/slider combo.