Pitch Counts And Days Rest?

2017 MLB Tryouts

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In Minnesota, a varsity pitcher can throw two days in a row by throwing 30 or fewer pitches, but must rest a third. One day of rest is required when throwing 31-50 pitches. It's up to two days' rest when a pitcher throws 51-75 pitches and goes to three days from 76-105 pitches.

After 105 pitches, a pitcher will come out of the game. The number increases to 115 in the playoffs.

"I think it's going to have a pretty big impact on the playing side of the game," St. Cloud Cathedral head coach Bob Karn said. "First of all, I'm all in favor of anything we try to do to protect young pitcher's arms.

"I think that pitch count is one piece. There are at least four or five other pieces that are equally important."

Karn would like to see the rules implemented at the youngest level of youth baseball. He said he believes a lot of damage is done to young pitchers before they reach high school age.

There are also issues with proper mechanics and how they are coached, he said. But pitch count limits are a good start.

"I think there are things about it where we don't know what the outcome will be," he said. "We're going to have to wait and see.

"What I do think is that we (coaches) are going to have to use pitchers in a different way."

The new rules

All varsity high school programs must abide by the following pitch-count limits in 2017:

No. of pitches ... Days of rest

1-30....................Zero

31-50...................One

51-75...................Two

76-105*...............Three

Daily max: 105

♦ Once the limit is reached a pitcher may finish pitching to that batter

♦ One day of rest is required if a pitcher pitches two straight days

♦ Days of rest are measured in calendar days, not 24 hour periods. If a player throws 55 pitches on Monday they are not able to pitch on either Tuesday or Wednesday, but could pitch again anytime on Thursday.

♦ Only pitches thrown to a batter count toward the pitch count

*The maximum is extended to 115 once section playoffs begin

 

More research needed

Although the belief that overuse can harm pitchers is widespread, there exists little evidence to show that the number of pitches thrown and the days of rest affect future performance and injury.

Rest days do not appear to have a large impact on performance. This study supports the popular notion that high pitching loads can dampen future performance; however, because the effect is small, pitch-count benchmarks have limited use for maintaining performance and possibly preventing injury.

 

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One of the big misconceptions in baseball is that playing the game keeps you in shape to pitch. I wish that was true. It's not. To get to the next level, preparation matters. Big league pitchers spend far more time preparing to pitch than actually pitching.

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