jdfromfla, I like the description a lot. I haven’t had a chance to ask my son about it, but I think he would have a pretty good idea of what you were saying as it is similar to how rotational hitting is described.
The concepts are similar (if not the same) as with rotational hitting. The idea there is to rotate your hips around to the point that they pull everything else - shoulders/arms/hand -around a stiff front leg . Done correctly, this can pull the back foot up on the toe - as opposed to “squishing the bug” (and I say that with no intention to denigrate linear style hitting or to start an arguement with anyone reading about the relative merits of the two approaches). Like I said, the two are very similar.
I know he uses his lower half to generate his power - primarily because of the speed he generates but also because of how his mechanics hold up throughout the game - but I agree that he needs some work to “use the front half to get the back half through.” I’ll talk with the two guys that he works with on pitching to get their thoughts as well (one of whom is on the small side and threw in the low 90s in college). I’ve haven’t paid close attention to what they look for specifically on the glove side, but I will now. Unfortunately, it’s going to be awhile as we have a whole slew of games coming up.
tonyjh34, thank for the link. I am always learning and any information is appreciated. I coach hitting and have a pretty decent eye toward helping kids build a good swing. But, with pitching, it’s just not an area that I’ve concentrated on, so I have to go further than my limited knowledge to help my son.
He does seem to have some talent for pitching, he absolutely loves it, and he also has the short memory necessary for success (after one of the few times that he’s been touched up, he went from “I suck” to “Do you think coach Dave will let me pitch again on Tuesday” almost before I could get out of the parking lot.
Thanks again for the input.