The reason I think I’m a good pitcher is I locate my fastball and I change speeds. Period. That’s what you do to pitch. Greg Maddux
Any time you talk about the importance of fastball velocity, the name Greg Maddux eventually comes up. Yes, there was this pitcher once that was dominant without lighting up the guns. He even had a teammate that is headed to the hall without four-seam gas. But just because Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux exist doesn’t mean you don’t want to start with velocity and then move on to the rest of the package. After all, we’ve linked many times to Mike Fast’s research that showed that four more miles in fastball velocity means allowing one less run per nine innings.
But Greg Maddux does mean something. He means that location and movement are still part of the parcel that makes the most common pitch in baseball effective. Can we figure out the hierarchy beyond velocity?