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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Dave Shinskie is the only certified Baseball Rebellion throwing / pitching instructor and writer. After spending the last year training and learning the pitching methodology under Justin Orenduff at I.T.S. Baseball, Dave will serve as the leader of the pitching rebellion and will continue to research & develop training concepts for baseball rebellion. Dave experienced a high level of success as a professional baseball player and a Division-1 Starting Quarterback, his experience as an athlete, as well as his education background, will be vital to the ongoing development of both baseball pitchers and throwers. Dave was selected out of high school in the 4th round of the 2003 MLB draft by the Minnesota Twins, with his last MLB assignment in 2009 with Double-A Toronto Blue Jays. Following dave accepted a full athletic football scholarship at Boston College at age 25. He set BC Freshman passing records with 2,049 yards and 15 touchdowns. In 2013, was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College where he majored in Human Development with a Minor in Communications. Wish you could learn and train with Dave Shinskie? Now you can by signing up for Baseball Rebellion's Online Pitching / Throwing Lessons!

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