[quote=“Dino”][quote]Does he get any soreness or tenderness in his elbow, or on the inside of his elbow?
I talked with him about this and he told me that he did get soreness on both sides of the elbow last year but that he conditioned better over the winter and really didn’t get much soreness even though he threw curveballs for the first time in games this summer.[/quote]
OK that’s a red flag. There shouldn’t be soreness in the elbow … conditioning doesn’t help this, correcting mechanics does. He needs to work on proper arm action. That “pie-ing” thing I referred to is harmful to the elbow, and you might also want him to work on a more over-the-top, less side-to-side motion.
[quote]I only spot two issues that may or may not be problems. One is he looks to have more side-to-side motion than back-and-forward. This isn’t a big deal if his throwing style is 3/4 to sidearm, and he’s not having any pain.
He does have a 3/4 motion but I think he is most effective when he stays on top of the ball and changes planes due to his height. He’d like to work on taking the ball back to a position where the batter cannot see the ball until it gets into the box beside his head. You might be able to tell in the video he pinches his shoulders together and the ball is visible to the batter behind him. He thinks taking the ball straight back might give him an edge. [/quote]
Changing arm action to gain a visual edge is NOT a good idea. It’s better to throw with good, painless mechanics and use the glove to hide the ball. Making a conscious effort to hide the ball is something that either a) comes naturally; or b) a professional tries to hang on an extra year or two. For a teenager, my advice is to concentrate on good arm action and sound mechanics.
[quote]The other thing I see is his landing foot … he lands on his heel and it looks like he might be landing in such a way that is keeping his hips from opening.
One of the problems we noticed with his delivery was what we thought were the hips opening too soon. We actually went to a chairopractor who pitched in college. He practices the gonstead method. He found the hips to be out of balance and closed the hips so that the hips are not as open at foot strike. [/quote]
I’m not a chiropractor nor a doctor, and have no idea what the gonstead method is, so I’ll reserve comment. From the video I couldn’t really see the landing well, and didn’t think it was a huge problem. But there is something that is causing him to throw across his body — maybe it’s a balance issue.
Don’t know about anything in your area, but it may be helpful to get such an analysis done. Otherwise, see if you can find a good pitching coach to evaluate your son. Another set of eyes might see something that the scouts at the DII showcase did not.