Pitching is pitching.
Mastering that 60 feet and 6 inches between the pitching rubber and home plate is mostly all about arm motion, grip and varying speed without tipping anything off.
In most instances, pitching has nothing to do with body type — case in point Tim Lincecum, Billy Wagner and Bartolo Colon. However, Peak to Peak's Brayden Weyer will tell you that he's had to learn a few more tricks being one of the tallest pitchers in the state, if not the entire United States.
Weyer, a senior, is 6-foot-11 and is seeking to destroy opposing hitters' bats for the Pumas and hopefully beyond as he has already committed to Seattle University in the Pacific Northwest.
His height and wingspan give him a unique advantage, but it is something he has had to work on harnessing.
"I think everything mainly just comes down to simplifying your motion, and even something like only pitching from the stretch is a way to do that," Weyer said as the Pumas have started the season 3-1 and are ready to begin Class 3A Metro League play. "Being so lengthy, it's hard to keep everything the same if you're constantly doing so many actions. Simplifying, and then sometimes just letting go of (the ball) and not trying to aim it.
"You tend to aim it, especially my height, it goes (unpredictably). You fling it in there as hard as you can sometimes, it will find its target."
Weyer has been a baseball player for as long as he can remember — longer than he's been playing basketball, he said — and he's always enjoyed getting up on the pitcher's mound and towering over everyone else.
He is as tall as anyone who has ever made a Major League Baseball roster — journeyman pitcher Jon Rauch was 6-11, as well. Height is going to present an advantage to a pitcher in the baseball's downward motion, but the stride toward the plate is also going to factor in perhaps even more.
The longer the stride, the closer to the plate the ball is released, therefore hopefully throwing off a hitter's timing. It's not rocket science, but at the same time it is something Weyer has continued to develop over the past couple of seasons.
And in a go-right-to-the-source kind of move, Weyer has been fortunate to work with 6-8 former Colorado Rockies pitcher Jason Hirsh, who owns his own baseball instruction academy in Denver.
He learned to go right over the top with his delivery, "which makes him even more powerful," Peak to Peak head coach Derek Urban said.
"I've worked with Jason down in South Denver, and that was really the point where I started to get good control while having good velocity," said Weyer, who is a consistent 88-89 mph on the fastball and will only pitch in college. "He could relate to me and how I felt pitching. That helped out a ton.
"He helped me break myself all the way down to basics and then build myself up again so that I didn't have a lot of bad habits from when I was younger. Really, he gave me a new set of fundamentals."
So far this season, Weyer hasn't had the chance to be unleashed — but that time will come soon. He is recovering from a basketball injury that cost him the 2016-17 winter varsity season, but he did get on the hill to collect a save in Peak to Peak's 4-3 win at University on March 14.
The Pumas, who broke into the CHSAAnow.com rankings at No. 9 this past week, do not play another game until April 4.
"He's absolutely a dominating pitcher in 3A because of his size, his leverage and his velocity," Urban said. "We just want to be cautious with him right now because his future is more important than any one high school baseball game.
"I can't wait to have him as a starter, a middle or whatever. When he gets back out there fully, it's going to be huge for our program."