Andrew Schwaab: AAA RHP Red Sox



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

Well when I was in high school I went through some mechanical changes that caused me to eventually needing to drop my slot to throw strikes. At Crowder College, which is a Junior College, I was a low 3/4 slot and it worked well for me. I then went to the University of Missouri where I was still considered a low 3/4 slot but as time went on I started dropping my arm a little more to continue to get the movement and consistency I needed.

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

Some advantages I have is deception and movement. I am able to sink the ball a lot more than a typical pitcher, as well as throw a hard sharp slider that takes off. Since I have some good velocity from my angle I can really sneak pitches by hitters and keep them guessing.

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

I would like to think that I would still be in the position I am in today without dropping down over time but throwing sidearm has really opened up a lot of doors for myself. I wouldn’t want to change the path I have taken to get here today. I have learned a lot over the years and I think it took that trial and error to help me be the best I can be today.

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

I would tell them to commit to the change. It is not easy so you need to continue to work on it and trust that the process will pay off in the end. It’s a great feeling knowing that hitters do not want to face you because of how nasty your pitches are so take that and use it as your mindset on the mound. 


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

Some mechanical tips I would give is to make sure to keep your weight back on your drive leg. It will really help your timing and allow your arm and hand to be in the position they need to be effective. Also keep your front side closed as long as possible. Use that leverage to make your pitches sharp and consistent.  

6. What pitches do you throw?

 I throw a 4 seam that ranges from 90-95. A 2 seam/sinker that ranges from 89-93. A change up that is 78-84 and last but not least a slider that is 80-86. 


 7. How do you pitch to lefties/righties?

Pitching to righties and lefties really depends on the hitter and their tendencies. I will always stick to what I am best at which is inside to righties, using my slider in any count. Lefties I will bust in as well as sink the ball away. Show my change up and use my slider as needed.


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

 My favorite thing about throwing sidearm is making hitters uncomfortable. I feel very rewarded when I make certain pitches move how I want them to. Seeing an ugly swing or freezing a hitter is always fun.