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Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown – Nick E.

Hey everyone! I just want to share a quick background on Baseball Rebellion HQ client Nick E.  Nick has been coming to us for a couple years. He is a kid that I enjoy working with every time he is in the building.  He always has a smile on his face and is a joy to have around regardless of baseball. He deserves all the praise he’s getting in this breakdown because he’s one of the hardest working kids in our building. Nick is a perfect example of the Baseball Rebellion methods (along with a lot of hard work) helping someone become the best player he/she can be.  Maybe that doesn’t mean hitting a home run every time but that may mean turning a ground out into a long single, a single into a double in the gap, and quiet ride home after the game into getting the game ball after going 3-4!  Enjoy the breakdown!!!

 

 

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The Cause of Andrew Miller’s Knee Trouble

 

 

We don’t usually talk about lower half injuries in baseball pitchers. It is more like shoulder, elbow, lat, and an occasional blister on a finger. In this article, we look at what happened to Tim Lincecum and why Andrew Miller is having knee problems. In March of 2015, Gabe Dimock wrote an article on the topic linking front side leg injuries to swing mechanics. He talked about how landing with a closed front foot “may lead to front leg injuries that limit the productivity and longevity of a player’s career.”

How It Relates To Pitchers

There are many pitchers in Litle League, high school, college and MLB baseball that land with a closed front foot. This means that the front heel is crossed over the back toe when the pitcher is in full stride. Tim Lincecum is one the biggest examples of being in this position at front foot strike. You can see in the picture below how far he the center line of his back foot.

Tim Lincecum at Foot Strike

What Happened To “The Freak”

Tim Lincecum Stats

Lincecum had a stretch of four years where he had over 200 innings and 200 strikeouts and made the all star team in all four years. In his first two full seasons ((2008,2009) he won two Cy Young Awards After 2011 he had failed to hit those numbers and significantly dropped in all pitching stats. SO WHAT HAPPENED? In 2015 31-year-old Lincecum underwent an arthroscopic procedure after being diagnosed with degenerative hips. A disease that affects the hips and causes arthritis from putting excess stress on the joint.  I think the reason for the drop in efficiency was due to his hip injury caused by flawed mechanics. You can see the force being put on the front foot which travels all the way through his hips. Being closed at front foot landing and staying connected with the ground with his back foot enhances the stress levels put on the hip joints.

Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller has been the number one reliever for the Indians with an above average fastball and a nasty slider that seems to never get hit (Editor’s Note: even though chas dominated his face in college with a double off the fence…EAT IT)  He was a starter in the Minor Leagues and moved to the bullpen after getting to the big leagues. This is not uncommon, usually, good starters in the minors become great relievers in the majors. The reason I wanted to write this article is that I was wondering if his mechanics play a part in his current knee injury. You can see in the picture below that Miller closes his lower half off landing outside of is back toe.

Why This Is Bad

Andrew Miller has been suffering from patellar tendinitis in his right knee and was placed on the disabled list on August 22. He is expected to come back mid-September. Patellar tendinitis is a common overuse injury, caused by repeated stress on your patellar tendon. The stress results in tiny tears in the tendon, which your body attempts to repair. But as the tears in the tendon multiply, they cause pain from inflammation and weakening of the tendon. When this tendon damage persists for more than a few weeks, it’s called tendinopathy. This is the reason why I think Andrew should look at changing his closed off landing and work on landing heel-to-heel. In the gif below you see that when Miller lands and is securely into the ground with his cleat his hips rotate open. Just Like Tim Lincecum the front leg braces up, which it should do, but being as tall as  Andrew Miller the force is transferred to his knee.

 

At Baseball Rebellion we say being inside the width of your foot is acceptable. Three examples of pitchers that landed slightly closed or inside of the back cleat ( Josh Beckett, Greg Maddux, Mariano Rivera)

Heel-to-Heel Landing

Landing Heel-to-Heel is the optimal way to allow your hips to rotate all the way through to braces up the front leg. A pitcher can also create the most amount of hip to shoulder separation into the stride. The length of the stride will increase by landing Heel-to-Heel to maximizing velocity.

Sandy Koufax

Clayton Kershaw

Bartolo Colon

Pedro Martinez

 

 

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Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown: Shohei Otani

Shoehei Otani is a 22-year-old two-way player in the Japanese professional league. He is currently playing for the Nippon Ham Fighters and has put up some consistently good numbers in his 4 years in the Japanese league. I would consider Otani to be very simple but efficient in his movements which allow for a much better opportunity at success. His power numbers are down this year compared to last, but I still think he is an awesome talent to watch. Hopefully, we will be seeing him play MLB at some point. I hope you enjoy this week’s swing breakdown. Please comment below with any questions. Thank you, everyone!

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Jayce Blaylock: LLWS BOMB for the Ages

Jayce Blaylock, a Little League Baseball player for the Georgia State Champion Little League Team hit a MASSIVE home run in their LLWS game on ESPN a few days ago.  There were some really great things in his swing, and with his very small but efficient movements, Jayce was able to generate about as much power as a 12u player possibly can.  Interestingly, he did not have a huge leg kick or a large forward move at all, something that many people (somewhat falsely) think we’re all about here at Baseball Rebellion.  I loved his movements and how he opened his hips and front leg to give him room to turn and how well he stayed shoulder to the pitcher all the way to foot strike.  I think Jayce has a great future ahead of him if he can stay in his athletic movements and continue to swing with the ferocious yet controlled violence he currently employs.

Check out his monster shot below and the 4 or 5 things I really liked in his swing.

 

Chas Pippitt, Leader of the Baseball Rebellion

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Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown: Lauren Chamberlain

Lauren Chamberlain swing

Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown:

Lauren Chamberlain

 


 

Lauren Chamberlain is a current member of the USSSA Pride.  Lauren was a super star at Oklahoma University where she compiled 95 home runs during her time there.  In this video you will see exactly how and why she was one of the best D1 hitters of all time.  The most impressive part of her swing was her ability to load and fire her hip and shoulders.  The massive amount of hip/shoulder separation, followed by a very nice backward and down back shoulder and barrel move is how she was able to not only the balls harder than most girls, but also get more balls in the air.  Enjoy!

 

JK Whited – Baseball and Softball Rebellion Hitting Instructor

@JKWhited – Twitter

 

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Baseball Rebellion Pitching Breakdown: Ervin Santana

Baseball Rebellion Pitching Breakdown

Ervin Santana

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.

Dave Shinskie – Leader of Baseball Pitching Rebellion

 

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Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown: Royce Lewis

Royce Lewis

Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown:

Royce Lewis

 

 

 

For this weeks breakdown I choose first overall pick of the 2017 MLB draft, Royce Lewis. A while a go I broke down the Angels first pick Jordon Adell and he really impressed me with his swing at such a young age.  Luckily I found this video of Royce at the same HR Derby where we have the nice side and back view right next to each other so I thought I would take advantage of that.

I really enjoy doing prospect breakdowns for you guys so that you can see how good these 17, 18, and 19 year old kids really are.  I think it’s fun to try and predict how far someone might go just from there swing.  Obviously there are many other factors that contribute to a players rise to the big leagues but the swing does tell a big part of the story.  In professional baseball everybody is talented, athletic, strong, etc.  The intricate details like posture, head positioning, barrel turn all become huge factors when facing great pitching day in and day out.  Let’s see if Royce’s swing stands out among the crowd.  Thanks for watching!

-JK Whited

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Baseball Rebellion Pitching Breakdown: Masahiro Tanaka

Baseball Rebellion Pitching Breakdown

Masahiro Tanaka

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 Swing Breakdown: Tim Tebow

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Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown:

Tim Tebow

 

 

Tim Tebow has been somewhat of a controversial player the last two years.  Weather you love him or hate him, you can’t deny his ability to persevere through adversity.  Now let’s take a look and see how his swing holds up to Major League standards.  If you’re interested in following Tebow’s stats this year, click here.

 

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Baseball Rebellion Pitching Breakdown: Hunter Greene

Baseball Rebellion Pitching Breakdown:

Hunter Greene

Hunter Greene is a senior at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California. He is 6’4″, 210 pounds and has reached 102mph on the radar gun. He is projected to be the first right-handed pitcher taken overall in the 2017 MLB draft.  Greene also hits, and is rated one of the top shortstops in the country.

Brendan McKay, a two-way player at Louisville, is in a similar position and will most likely be drafted as a pitcher. Whatever team decides to draft either of these guys should consider doing so as position players first. Both Greene and McKay have flaws in their deliveries and limiting them to being only a pitcher could devalue their athletic movements, making them worse as they throw a higher valume of pitches.  Going into into a full season and throwing as much as a starting pitcher does puts a lot of stress on a pitcher’s arm. Flawed movements and/or a lack of a quality throwing coach can play a big role in creating injuries.

In this breakdown, I explain how Hunter can pinpoint and correct a few things to help his delivery, keep him healthy, and potentially brighten his future.

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Thanks for watching.

Dave Shinskie – Baseball Rebellion Pitching Instructor