Thanks for all the input. I am a coach (High School and younger). Always good to hear others.
I dont see back let collapse either.
Front leg firm — he does pitch like Seaver and Tanaka with that best front leg. His does keep it fairly stiff even though bent.
Stride is right in line with the plate. We think he starts to open just a tad before foot plant which opens his shoulders a little early… we will take a look at the stride and see if that is a cause.
He does a good job on driving hip then front shoulder to plate - we see that as well and work constantly on it.
Stepping back… a little bigger than what i would suggest but it is his comfortable stride and keeps him in a rhythm I think.
Walked 28 in 50 innings is a bit high? We were pretty thrilled with only 1 walk every other inning at this age. That is a 4 walks per 9 innings. That is just over what the Colorado Rockies pitched as a team last year - and a bunch better and a whole lot of MLB pitchers!. LOL
He throws low in the zone and many Youth Umps will not call that pitch near the knees and will call everything over the letters. The coaches were pretty thrilled with a 28/117 walk to strike ratio. Most of the other players were 2 walks (or more) PER inning!!! He was 10 all season, so 1 walk every 2 innings is not bad.
Update on that now in travel ball - Has pitched 8 innings so far and not a single walk. New coach likes that!
THANKS FOR ALL THE INPUT!!!