I am the head coach of my son’s Babe Ruth Minors team this year. My son played up last year (7 going on 8) and I was an assistant coach but did not work with the pitchers. My son has asked to pitch and I’ve let him throw to me a bit to see what we have. His windup is a doozy–he looks like Paul Byrd of the Indians except that he faces 3rd base when he swings his arms and has his hands together at his belt buckle. In his windup he doesn’t bend his front leg, but rather swings it stiffly away from his body. However, his follow through looks good–he does bend his leg when he strides and he can throw the 2 seamer for strikes. When I have him pitch from the stretch he says it hurts his arm and that pitching his way he can come over the top better.
Oh, and he probably balks 3 times per pitch b/c his windup is so convoluted. I think maybe he has long arms and that could explain things.
So, do I let this kid pitch an inning or two per week? He doesn’t overthrow; he’s more of a control type.