Friday, January 13, 2012

First pitch strike

Ryan Perez is a dominant switch pitcher in high school. He emphasizes the importance of getting the first pitch strike.

Perez has four pitches that he can throw for strikes with either arm. He throws a changeup, curve and cutter for strikes, in addition to his 87-90 mph fastball.

From the Chicago Sun Times:
June 24, 2011

Perez’s most incredible outing came against Luther North on April 25 in a game that was shortened to five innings. In that contest Perez threw a perfect game, striking out 13 of the 15 batters he faced.

For Perez, the ridiculous strikeout totals and the sense of being in complete control on the mound boils down to a simple approach: Getting ahead in the count.
“The key is getting a first-pitch strike all the time,” Perez said. “It’s all about the first-pitch strike.”
FPS = First Pitch Strike

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