OK, so I have posted two deliveries of my 11 yr old in real time and then the same two deliveries in slow motion. Please take a look and let me know what you think.
You may notice some similarity in his delivery to that of Tim Lincecum and this is completely by design. Not that we are trying to copy Lincecum but most of you probably know Tim’s struggles throughout his career due to his size ( 4’8" 85lbs in high school) and that his father Chris had developed his now infamous unorthodox mechanics to overcome his lack of size and improve his efficiency.
Well that pretty much sums up my son. Always the smallest kid on the team and often overlooked and usually one of the better pitchers. Very athletic, very quick & wirey, good baseball sense, just not very big.
Anyway, we’ve been really focusing on his pitching mechanics for the last year or so, reading most everything I could by Tom House and Steven Ellis and of course this great site.
About 2 mos ago I really started to delve into everything Tim Lincecum (and his father) as I was amazed that this “small” 5’10" 170 lb guy could achieve such greatness against all conventional wisdom. Everything that I read about his mechanics seemed to make a great deal of sense to me and so I began to implement this into my sons delivery.
He has taken to it quite well, quite naturally actually. His control has not been affected much but his velocity has gone through the roof. At 51" he is striding consistently at 110%(about 57") and his shoulder delay/separation has improved quite a bit.
The biggest problem that I see is that he is breaking his ball hand a little too early (before foot strike) at times.
Anyway please take a look and let me know what deficincies you may find. Please keep in mind this is flat ground work at about 80%.