In this breakdown, explain how Ervin Santana has been so effective this year and for the last 13 years. Santana is in the top 10 in every pitching statistic in 2017 and leads the league in complete games and shut outs. In the breakdown I point out his repeatable mechanics along with his pitch sequence through three different counts. Santana stays mentally ahead of the hitters by being able make pitches on any count. In the video I give examples of Santana throwing of the hitters on a 3-2 curve ball, 2-2 curve ball, and a 1-2 fastball at 95 mph.
Ervin Santana is only 34 years old but has thrown 2300 innings in his career. He has never missed a year due to injury which tells you he is doing something right with his mechanics. Being able to still bring 95 mph with and mix in a nasty curve and change up for as many years as he has means his mechanics are as solid as they come. Hope you enjoy this weeks pitching breakdown of Ervin Santana, please leave your comments below.
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Masahiro Tanaka is struggling in his last 4 starts of the 2017 season. Baseball Rebellion breaks down his pitching mechanics and gives insight on Tanaka’s troubles. He throws a four and two-seam fastball, slider, curveball, and a nasty split-finger. Tanaka was an All-Star his first Major League season in 2014. Much of his success has come from throwing low is the zone and mixing up his fastball and off speed. He is having to throw more fastballs this year and he is leaving balls up and over the plate. In this breakdown, I mention that these balls left over the plate can be due to a lack of efficiency with his hips and his front leg bracing up. Split-finger fastballs put tremendous stress on the elbow when thrown. This can also be a case of having to throw more fastballs because of his partially torn UCL that was never repaired. Either way, Masahiro has a few things to fix mechanically or he will continue to struggle. Thanks for watching this week’s pitching breakdown.
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Baseball Rebellion breaks down JB Bukauskas, one of the top pitching prospects in the 2017 MLB draft. He is a big physical kid from Ashburn, Virginia and attends the University of North Carolina. Bukauskas regularly throws in the mid-90’s fastball and has hit 100 mph. His freshman year, Bukauskas led the Tar Heels with 14 games started and was part of the weekend rotation and had a 5-3 record. JB had pretty similar numbers his Sophomore year but dropped his ERA to 3.10 and 111 strikeouts. Thus far his 2017 stats are outstanding with a perfect 5-0 record with a 1.41 ERA. Despite is great numbers, I feel he has a few Red Flags when it comes to mechanics. Bukauskas regularly throws in the mid-90’s fastball and has hit 100 mph. Baseball Rebellion wishes JB well this year and the upcoming draft. Thank you and enjoy the breakdown.
Marcus Stroman will most likely be the Toronto Blue Jays opening day starter this year. He was named the MVP of the World Baseball Classic after pitching 6+ no-hit innings in the championship vs Puerto Rico.
He is a young, talented pitcher who shows a lot of emotion out on the mound and uses it to his advantage. Stroman is only 5’8″ tall, but packs a big punch off the mound when throwing heat. He throws a 2-seam fastball between 92 and 94mph, and works to pitch to contact instead of over powering batters. He is a smart pitcher, not only because he attended Duke, but also because he is able to utilize a mix of his timing and pitches through his delivery.
In this breakdown I will explain why I like how he uses this to his advantage against one of the best line ups Stroman or anyone will face in Puerto Rico. I hope you enjoy the breakdown and are able to pick up a few tips.
I see Marcus Stroman having the potential for a long successful career in the Big Leagues.
In this Baseball Rebellion pitching breakdown we look at the New York Mets bigs guns, Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergarrd. I explain why Harvey has had arm trouble and will continue to experience tough times in the future. I understand both guys are throwing 2017 Spring Training bullpens in this video and are probably not going a full 100%. The problem I bring to light, has been the reasons for the Harvey’s surgeries and Noah’s future problems. I myself, was a pitcher and I have much respect for Harvey and Syndergarrd however, I know the mindset they have about pitching injuries and wanted to talk about it. They are very talented athlete’s and would be able to fix these problem areas fairly easily with better movement work. Please comment with your thoughts and reactions. Thanks for watching.
Kenley Jansen is a great example of money well spent in the MLB today. He’s a guy that I see as minimal Risk of Injury Factors with a cut fastball that Mariano Rivera would be proud of. This once catcher, turned dominant pitcher is the LA Dodgers star closer. He has 189 saves in 6 years, which tops Eric Gagne in Dodgers history, recording 47 in 2016. Jansen converted to a relief pitcher in 2009 after being the starting catcher for the Netherland Team in the World Baseball Classic. He made his MLB pitching debut in July of 2010 and has not looked back from there. Jansen just recently signed a 5 year $80M contract with the Dodgers who I think have a chance to win the World Series in 2017. Hope you enjoy this weeks pitching breakdown of Kenley Jansen.
Whitey Ford was a fun pitcher to do a Baseball Rebellion Pitching breakdown on his throwing mechanics. Ford won 236 games for the New York Yankees and had a career 236-106 record. He did have surgery at the end of his career however I believe this was just due to over use and age. He pitched 3,170 innings in 16 years, had 45 shutouts, and won a Cy Young Award in 1961. I love the way Whitey Ford uses his lower body out of both the windup and stretch. He moves extremely well down the mound and stays very strong and athletic through his upper body. They say that Whitey Ford did not have over powering stuff but changed speeds well and created deception through his movements. I love breaking down pitchers of this era because I simply believe their movements were far better than what we see in most pitchers today. Enjoy this week’s Pitching Rebellion Breakdown on Whitey Ford and feel free to post comments below.
In this Baseball Rebellion Pitching Breakdown, I will analyze the subtle differences in throwing mechanics between Rick Porcello’s 93mph fastball with great location, and 89mph and missing his spot. The 2016 Cy Young Award winner was impressive this year in any case, boasting a 22-4 record and a 3.15ERA in 26 starts. On September 9, Porcello became the first pitcher to reach 20 wins in the 2016 season. He allowed only 32 walks over the entire season, with 189 strikeouts, leading the major leagues with a 5.91 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Rick Porcello throws primarily 2 seam fastballs, with a circle change, slider, and curveball. I have seen him cut the ball as well, but I am not sure if it is intended to be. Watch and see how timing is important to location and velocity in this pitching breakdown, feel free to comment as well. Hope you enjoy, Thank you.
Shohei Otani is a 22 year old, Japanese Pacific Leaguer with nasty stuff. His 6’4″ frame helps him throw fastballs at 95 to 100 mph. He has been clocked this year at 164 kph, which is equivalent to 102.5 mph. Otani’s movements are really efficient, which helps him be repeatable and deceptive. Crazy to think he has a Split Finger, Curveball, and Slider that are equally as nasty. I saw a video of him on youtube and instantly wanted to do a breakdown on his pitching mechanics. His lower half momentum is a main key in how shohei throws as hard as he does. Watch how he gets low, like he is sitting into a low rider sports car, generated by his glute drive down the mound. His calm, relaxed upper half is most efficient into his posture change, and he uses his core as much as you possibly can. I hope you enjoy watch my breakdown of this young, electric pitcher, soon to be Big Leaguer, Shohei Otani.
This weeks pitching breakdown is of Michael Kopech, a hard throwing, right handed, top pitching prospect in the Boston Red Sox organization. Kopech just finished up the Arizona Fall League where he had an impressive showing. He started four games combining for 14 innings, tallied 18 strikeouts and just 1 walk. That is good to see, since he had struggled with walks this past year, with 33 in 56 innings of work. Kopech is a 6’3″, 205lbs twenty year old from Mt. Pleasant HS in TX. His fastball is 96 to 100mph, and was clocked at 105mph in one of his starts this year for the Salem Red Sox. In my opinion Kopech movements are solid, but runs into inconsistencies in his lower half. He throws a bit across his body, which is very deceptive, especially to right handed hitters but can hurt his repeatability. Look for this young prospect to move up the ranks fast, as I think he will overcome some problems by using his athletic talents, along with God given ability to throw the ball hard. Hope you enjoy this weeks pitching breakdown of Michael Kopech.