[quote]Here’s a video of a pitcher whose deliver I like - Cobi Johnson:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zjyrHa7_Bk
What do you think of his mechanics?[/quote]
Given the body type and the “blood lines” as scouts like to say… this young man had the hounds sniffing him out in number.
Interestingly one individual has taken it upon himself to pursue the “baseball bloodlines project”.
The obvious question, is the “sired” success rate the consequence of genetics, nurturing, or just being given greater opportunity having been born into the MLB family?
Needless to say, neither the “sired”, nor their siblings have identical spots.
Johnson did indeed get drafted, but not until the 35th round by the Padres… much lower than some had projected. Don’t know whether that was because he was commited to go the college route or not. Nonetheless, the commentary on the MLB. scouting report was…
I rarely evaluate mechanics without multiple video angles. One may suspect a problem from one angle; however it usually takes another to confirm it. Looking at the PG 3B view I initially felt Johnson was inconsistent rotating around the front hip joint, coming up a little short at the finish.
Looking at front view revealed a little more…
I enjoyed all the momentum building potential at the beginning of the delivery but it must find its way to the end of the kinetic chain. No doubt scouts love the “smoothness”, and yet the hardest throwers usually exhibit some “violence” in the final frames followed by a continuation of momentum around the front hip joint.
Certainly some would think there is potential for Johnson to go from the low 90’s to the mid to upper 90’s. My guess is Tom House & Co. would move him to the other side of the rubber in an attempt get hips and shoulders more squared toward home plate at release. However, would this alone be enough to push him consistently into the mid 90’s and above?
What changes can be made at this point are certainly debatable. Then again many have gone on to successful careers throwing “across their bodies”, sacrificing mechanical efficiency and upper tier velocity for a unique release point and greater deception.
Jared Weaver for instance…although still done so with a great deal of INTENT and VIOLENCE IMO. Who enjoys facing him?
Like father like son?
[quote]There were a few Florida-based scouts in attendance that saw Johnson’s father, Dane, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound righthander, as an amateur. Dane, who pitched in the big leagues, was a second-round pick in the 1984 draft out of Division II St. Thomas (Fla.) by the Blue Jays, and he currently works as Toronto’s roving pitching instructor.
Cobi, whose high school is a 20 minute drive from the Blue Jays’ spring training facility in Dunedin. has studied pitching mechanics with his father since a young age.
“His delivery is very similar,” Cobi said. “He is big on over the head and hands breaking right when your knee gets up there so it is smooth and comes out well.”
During his playing days, Dane was known for his arm strength and breaking ball.
“He likes to break out the VHS tapes every once in a while and say, ‘Watch this if you want to see a real curveball,’” Cobi said. “He has taught me everything I know. He has set up programs for my mechanics and for throwing schedules. He is my throwing partner. I am so fortunate to have such a great father.”[/quote]
Overall Cobi has a really “nice delivery” getting himself drafted and into one of the countries top college baseball programs. Surely he will be adding additional weight and strength between now and his next draft eligible period. However, it’s going to take more than that to make him an early round pick IMO.
Then again, maybe not…