Take a look at this video of Rays’ closer Fernando Rodney while pitching during the Baseball Classic for the Dominican. This is how you can maximize your velocity out of the stretch and not complicate things with the leg lift – which has no advantage for improving velocity. https://vimeo.com/61893944
Dick: I saw Rodney last night in the championship game. I notice that he just lifts the leg and falls forward to get the hip going whereas Greinke kind of curls the lead leg foot back behind the rubber and leans it out? Any preference from your perspective? Ron
Ron, Rodney, because he shift back over his back leg creates more distance to move his body and thus more momentum. Rodney moves faster than Greinke. I would take Rodney’s no leg-lift delivery over most MLB pitchers because it allows him to move faster and gives the hitter less time to assess his mechanics. If you also consider he throws upper 90’s with possibly the best change-up in the major leagues then he has the ultimate combination. There is however, one aspect, possibly two of his delivery that I would correct that would help him with his control. Has anyone looked at Rodney’s delivery closely to notice these aspects? I am trying to find a 3rd base view which would confirm this. Coach Mills
Dick, I would say he breaks his hands too high for sure and on the stills he looks like he doesn’t use the lead arm as well as he could (i.e.not high enough) and at landing his knee is too far behind his foot but it looks like it doesn’t effect his bracing in a negative way.
Looks like Rodney “leaks” his head to the third base side as he drives forward. ??Glove arm seems low after hand break.
Coach mills: is the slide step more efficient than momentum pitching? if not then how is momentum pitching done?
Here is another example of a no-leg-lift delivery.???? This is Derrik Turbow who is no longer playing but was upper 90’s.
Study what he does.?? Notice how close his feet are so he has all his weight over his back leg and has created maximum distance away from the plate to build maximum momentum.???? Remember Mass (body size) X Acceleration = Force.
If you are a hitter would you rather face him or a normal leg lift?
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