Hi, just wanted to add something after an article I came across the other day. How a AA pitcher in the Cubs org made an adjustment mid-season and went from mediocre to their minor league pitcher of the yr.
Shortening Struck’s stride may quicken rise to Cubs
might need a login to view it, so here’s an excerpt:
[quote]“Basically, the main problem was my stride,” said Struck, who went 10-5 with a 2.29 ERA in his final three months to finish with a Southern League-leading 14 victories while finishing fourth with a 3.18 ERA. "(Fassero) just hounded me on shortening my stride for about 11/2 months. It took awhile, but we figured it out and everything started rolling.
“It was mostly the shortening of my stride. When I did, I was getting on top of the ball and having more sink, and my changeup was diving better. My curve was tighter. It was a big change, but a small fix at the same time.”[/quote]
Just a reminder that a long stride isn’t the be-all end-all, and thought it might be worth a read for Marlins4life given your coach’s thoughts.
IMO, you want to maximize power in your delivery in the stride phase, and this usually leads to a longer stride. But there’s more to pitching than just velocity. As this article shows, sometimes shortening up a little is what the doctor ordered.