I want you to take a look at this AAA pitcher throwing a bullpen. Without telling you the reason I’m showing you this clip, just simply watch a couple minutes worth and make some mental notes. Nothing too mechanical, just general observations. Once you’re finished, read on below the picture of the clip and I’ll tell you what I see.
I loved watching this guy work, and how about the popping sound when his blistering fastball hit the catcher’s glove. Anyway, I called my wife into the office to take a look at the clip. She’s no baseball expert but she knows athletics. Here is what she saw:
1. “He’s so smooth.”
2. “It doesn’t look like he’s working that hard.”
And when I pointed out the crazy movement on his two-seam fastball at the 3:34 mark, she said,
3. “Wow, that’s got to be tough to hit!”
Here is my point. If you want to impress those who make the call on whether or not you make a team, earn a spot in the rotation, advance to a certain level, etc. you want coaches to say what my wife said about Nick Hall.
Easier said than done of course. The first step is to make sure you are getting the correct understanding of pitching mechanics. What you want to avoid of course is wasting too much time and years learning pitching mechanics that someone who knows what they are doing will change in the future.