As you know, I don’t like pitchers to take their elbows above and behind their shoulders like Joel Zumaya is doing below…
At a minimum, it’s not what great pitchers like Greg Maddux, Nolan Ryan, and Roger Clemens do. Worst case, I think it increases the risk a pitcher will injure themselves.
My dilemma is that a new guy that I picked up for my 12U select team does exactly what Zumaya is doing in the photo above. He takes his PAS elbow above and behind his shoulders.
I believe he must have been taught this (to break his hands with his elbows). None of my other pitchers do this.
Also, it’s not as if he’s a tremendous pitcher. He has good velocity but has struggled with control problems.
I am thinking about using the control problems as an excuse to try to improve his arm action.
What would you do if you were in my position?