Clayton Richard: LHP Several teams - Current Jays



1. Could you tell us your story on dropping down?

  I never felt like I made a conscious effort to drop arm angles.  Coming off a couple of shoulder surgeries and TOS surgery, I let my arm go to where it naturally wanted to go.  I started just letting it go as opposed to fighting to get on top of the ball.

 2. What are some of the advantages you have from your arm angle?

The advantage to my arm angle is that it's natural and not forced.  It makes it a lot easier for my body and arm to recover.

 3. If you didn't drop down, do you think you would have had the same success?

I don't know if I would or would not have.  


4. What would you tell someone debating on changing their arm angle?

I would recommend you go with what feels the most natural.  When you try to create something is usually where you get into trouble.


5. Are there any mechanical tips that you'd give to someone throwing sidearm/submarine?

Everyone is different.  Whatever mechanical keys you are trying to work through, try to get it so your hand/fingers can get to the top of the baseball at release without straining to get there.  Make sure that you can do it consistently.  The less struggle and effort you're able to put into your delivery, the more the ball will jump out of your hand.

6. What pitches do you throw?

 Fastball- 4 seam and sinker 88-94, Changeup (split grip) 82-86, Slider (w index knuckle on ball) 82-86, Cutter 86-90

 7. How do you pitch to lefties/righties?

At this level there is no blue print for righty or lefty.  The scouting is so advanced that they all are different approaches.  


8. What is your favorite part about pitching from down there?

  It is natural for me.  I can just pick up a baseball, and without thinking about it throw.