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Average High School Pitch Velocity

As a junior in high school, I have decided to play baseball for the first time since elementary school. I’d like to pitch, however, with my missed development time, I questioned the velocity of most high school pitchers. According to Ryan Weiss at, the average high school varsity pitcher throws 75-85 miles per hour. However, some pitchers can range in the low-to-mid 90s, but that is quite rare. These speeds are just for fastballs, though. Most off-speed pitches and breaking balls are much slower. A good high school change-up is usually 60-75 miles per hour. Any good player better know it’s not always the speed that makes a ball hard to hit but the location and deception. Pitchers who don’t throw as hard as others do can get good at locating their pitches well. By doing this, they can keep the batters confused and ahead in the count. The result is this: anyone can pitch with enough practice.


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Brayden Moore, Staff Reporter
Brayden Moore is a 17-year-old writer for the journalism team at Osage High School. He has a huge interest in baseball, especially the St. Louis Cardinals. He feels qualified to write for our news team because he reads a lot of news articles daily.
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