Darwin dela Calzada: LHP Phillipines National Team - WBC





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

My side arm style of throwing started when i start my baseball in grade school, maybe thats the way my arm used to deliver my throw rather than throwing over throw pitches. That time i just throw the ball at my best to hut the target and get stronger n better, and i dont have idea that time if im doing it right because my coach just let me throw.

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

my advantages
- it looks like my pitch is outside of the pitching zone because im standing at the left side part of the pitchers flate.
- my pitch are going accross the home flate
- i can pitch a sharp slider and a big cut slider using side arm throw that the batter sometimes never recognize it will break to hit the target
- my side arm throw really helps a lot when i throw a sinker to a lefty or righty batter.

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

Even with or without dropping down ill make sure that i will do my best to improve my pitching to help my team in every game.

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

It happen to me changing my arm angle when i start to play for the national team .
All i can say is try to do it but if it will not fit your arm or not use to it then Stop changing and improve what ever arm angle of arm throw they have.


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

One mechanical tip on throwing sidearm , make sure that the shoulder will  not left behind to have a good arm release or rotation and to prevent injuries  

6. What pitches do you throw?

Fastball - max 88mph
Slider - 78 to 80 mph i think
Curve - 80
Change Up- super slow heheh 78
Sinker - 85 to 88 mph against kawasaki of dodgers

I am pitching more of locations less in velocity . But if needed i throw the best velocity that i have.


  7. How do you pitch to lefties/righties?

It depends on  how they stand on the batters box and their hitting spot . I mostly like to throw away n low on both lefties n righties but  sometimes when i go for a kill i pitch my slurve deep inside .it looks like im pitching   in the middel part of the zone but it will end up inside corner below.


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

They say my pitching style intimidate them when they are hitting against me. Thats why i love it .