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The following is an actual email analysis sent to a pitcher prospect, from the video the pitcher submitted.
Thank you for the current tape. I understand it take's time to change habits so please re-read the review of the first tape you turned in.
FOOTWORK: I like that your working with two feet on. Very encouraging. I also like the fact that you have a nice pivot toe drag and that for the most part, do not walk thru the pitch. Walking thru is when a pitcher allows the right foot to go past the left foot. This is a no no as it pulls the shoulders off line and diminishes resistance needed for leverage. It happened a few times so I'm not worried about it. Just a reminder that we try to not let the right foot go past the left. Continue to work on this
Your pushing off is improving. Here is a drill to help with your progress. While balancing on your right foot on the rubber with your left leg off the ground( slightly out front of you.) Try to "jump" / "push" off with the one leg. Don't try to drag your right toe. Just jump / push out to the 7/8foot mark** and land on your left foot and try to keep your balance without putting your right foot down. When you can do that then try it but drag your right toe. see video
When landing,your stride foot should land approx. at a 45 degree angle. You are doing which is a proper and positive function.
LEG DRIVE: In the tape your stride is very short. There is no pushing off with the legs. This is basically just stepping off the mound instead of driving off the mound.
Since your in a gym, there are lines on the gym floor. Place you right foot (pivot foot) on the line. Then, using a heel to toe method ( similar to what police use to determine if a person has had too much to drink, ask an adult to explain) step out on the line to 5 steps.
Most pitchers when stepping as you do generally step out to about 5 steps. Only you can measure this using your feet as your stride is different than mine or your dad's or etc.
Once you have determined the length of your stride, work on increasing it. Most pitchers strides when properly using their legs are approx.7/8 steps. Do worry if you cannot get to 7/8 steps. Just work to increase it and eventually it will get longer.
Think of pushing off the mound similar to running a sprint. When you start, you push out as hard as you can.Also a slight lean, not bend,forward will help get the weight moving. See photos of Lisa lean and white 2 small.
The line that you mark your stride on is referred to as a power line. Placing your right foot (pivot) on it and pushing out, your left foot should land as close to it as possible without going over it (to the right side) Easy way to get feed back to make sure your not throwing across the body or not opening the body. Use it as a guide since in the tape you tend to not get your hips and shoulders fully open and land off to the left side ( 1st base side) of the line more than I like..
Think of your self as a door. When your on the mound, the door is closed, with your shoulders and hips facing 1st and 3rd. At the mid point in the delivery, the door should be open, with the shoulders and hips facing home and second. (see photo 119, whitey ISC, Paul Algar ISC) By landing on the line it will help to improve your opening.
GLOVE ARM: the glove arm has three main functions. One, its a guide. Point it to the target. Two, its a counter balance top help us keep balanced thru the delivery. Think off the guys on the high wires in a circus. They use both arms to steady themselves. And last, its a counter weight. It helps "pull" the back side ( right arm and hip) thru the pitch.
Many pitchers do not use the glove arm to its full effectiveness. Similar to swimming, the glove arm should be brought down to the hip at the same time as release. It should also be pushed out and up to at least shoulder height if not higher with the thumb palm pulling down( see photo of Whitey ISC,whitey, BreeI and II) Chad Boom photo and photo of
Working next to a wall ( left shoulder almost touching the wall) will help keep the glove inline to the target. If you push it our to far to the left( 1st base side) it will hit the wall. Also working next to a wall will help you to open the shoulders more. At mid point your back should be facing the wall.
FOLLOW THRU: Depending on the pitch the follow thru varies. But for the most part, on the "fastball" and or peel drop and for many the change up, the finish should be around the bill of your cap or somewhat close. We never touch the shoulder ( you don't so your OK) and its actually better to let the hand finish slightly across the body, hence the bill of the cap que. Same as throwing overhand. Your arm will come down and across the body ( see
All your follow through's have you turning your hand over, regardless if its a drop or rise. Please explain?
This should be plenty to work on for the time being. And these are really minor adjustments so don't worry. We have plenty of time and I don't expect change in a week or month but I will expect change.
You have good arm extension thru out your arm circle with a nice wrist snap. You also keep good balance and don't bend or lean . Overall not bad.
As a reminder, and this has come up with other pitcher in the pool. Since you do pitch I'm sure there are many people ready to offer advice. Please run all suggestions by me prior to you doing or changing anything. I might agree with the info, or disagree and I will give you my reasons. I'm sure this wont be a concern.
You have a lot of potential and I look forward to working with you. Any questions or concerns email me or feel free to call.
I'm also enclosing some picture of various grips. drop, fastball, circle change and rise. many different grips so no worries if yours is different.
Also, next time throw 5 pitches in a row of the same pitch so we can start to be more specific on the proper mechanics,depending on the pitch. Was not able to get much of a read on your pitches.
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