Yoann Vaugelade: French WBC team 2016




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


I've always been throwing side arm. I started to play at shortstop and i naturaly threw side arm. I was at the French Academy in Rouen and the manager from Rouen Huskies D1 came to see me and told me that I had a good arm action with a natural mouvement while throwing the baseball so he makes me work on the mound and I've never quite it.

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

The advantage is that it gives extra mouvement to my ball when i throw and it impresses some of the hitters.

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

I don't think that i could havé the same success without the sidearm action. It give a lot of late mouvement to my fastball and hiter are pretty impress and out of their comfort zone with a baseball that move like this.


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

I would just tell him to try it and watch how the baseball' s moving 


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

No i don't have any tips to work on my side arm action, it's really natural for me. I just work like any other pitchers who want to succeed

6. What pitches do you throw?


Fast ball 87mph
2 seam fb 85mph
Changeup around 75
Slider 77

 7. How do you pitch to lefties/righties?

R: i like to go 2seam inside and mix with slider outside and changeup inside and come back hard inside
L: 2seam outside and hard up and in with the 4seam


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

  The reaction of righties, they see the ball coming right to the strike zone and then it brake to their hands