Matteo Bocchi: RHP AAA Cubs/Team Italy



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

I always felt very natural throwing side arm but I have always been an high three quarter until last year. Basically my coach at school forced me to drop down but it ended up working well for me.


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

  The batters don’t see it often and every pitch is dirty and and hard to square up

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

I definitely do think I would have had success because I’ve pitched well before dropping down. I wish I would have dropped a month earlier to have a little more time to work on the new slot going into my senior year 

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

If you can do it, dropping down could be a great plan B. At times dropping down can help and other times can hurt you. It all depends of your feelings.


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

I’m still new at this but one thing that helped me is throwing a lot of strikes. I know throwing strikes is key but from side it’s easier to get quick qnd easy outs

6. What pitches do you throw?

Fastball, slider, cutter and change up. Velocity 88-92

  7. How do you pitch to lefties/righties?

With righties I feel very confident because my slider works well. Instead with lefties I have to be very precise and change timing and height. 



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

 Most of the times it’s easier to get ground balls and quick outs