Originally Posted by Edd Roush
So you are of the opinion that since he has gone three years in the minors without a third pitch, he is unlikely to pick one up later? Why is that? How difficult can it be to throw a third pitch over the plate? I feel like you can't "teach" velocity, but you can easily "teach" a third pitch especially if the guy has already developed a plus secondary pitch.
I never pitched growing up, so I just don't get how hard it is to throw a different grip on the ball and let 'er rip.
I guess the fact that he has gone three years without finding one suggests he won't. Toss in the fact that because he hasn't done it to this point, the odds aren't good he remains a starter much longer and that coaches have him focus on just two pitches. As for being able to throw it over the plate, well that is much tougher. Especially when we are talking about a guy like Crabbe, who while he improved his control this year, isn't exactly a guy who pounds the strikezone.