Scott Maine: Former LHP Indians/Cubs



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

My natural arm motion was low 3/4 growing up. It was how I felt comfortable throwing and I stuck with it. 

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

t created more movement on my pitches.  Was very deceptive to lefty and righty hitters. Allowed me to throw at a different angle towards the strike zone. 

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

Early on I drew lots of attention from scouts, had a smooth effortless sidearm delivery. Was throwing low to mid 90s in high school. But some scouts felt my arm slot was going to cause me to get injured. I was projected to go high in the draft but ended up not happening. So I went to college and had Tommy John surgery my freshman year. 

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

Changing your arm angle to sidearm is a last resort in my opinion. Would ask them what's the purpose for the change and can your body handle the change physically. 


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

Being able to repeat the same mechanics is key. Figure out your mechanics that's best for yourself and repeat them over and over.

6. What pitches do you throw?

4 seam fastball 92-96 mph
Curveball 77-82 mph
Changeup 82-86 mph


 7. How do you pitch to lefties/righties?

I don't not have a set way to throw to lefties or righties because everyone that steps up to the plate is different and has different strengths and weaknesses. The way the game unfolds dictates how I pitch to hitters.


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

 The ultimate thrill is throwing a curveball that starts behind a lefty, causing him to jump out of the way, then it breaks right over the plate for a strike.