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Notice how loose and free Gerrit Cole’s front side is. After release his glove hand will hang and do whatever it pleases. You also see that in greats like Roger Clemens and Justin Verlander.
My observation is that he had a hard time staying loose and often times pulled off glove side - whether his head initiated that pull or his front side, he seemed to correct it by staying loose with the front side.
It also helps put an emphasis on hip engagement. One his front arm extends to its max we see his hips explode and the ball is released with momentum.
We are seeing quite a few pitchers using this cue - is it a coincidence or a mechanical advantage?
Does it help us engage our lower half more instead of focusing on our front side?
All are potential answers and advantages. With more breakdowns, we will see whether or not this has any advantage or enhancement of mechanics.
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Let’s learn about one of the best Changeups in baseball, after all, this is Changeup University.
So here we go: Stephen Strasburg Analysis
First the numbers:
1️⃣Fastball Avg: 93.9mph
2️⃣Changeup Avg: 87.7mph
4️⃣2129 AVG Spin Rate
5️⃣20.7 percent usage
6️⃣-9.41 horizontal movement
That’s tough to hit from a guy with an average 94 mph fastball.
Now, the grip: 🔥Along the two seams
🔥Thumb is under the ball
🔥Ring finger will pull down on the seam giving it running and downward movement
🔥In video (check out some older post) Strasburg will naturally pronate extremely well adding to his added horizontal movement
🔥Throws it hard (again, look at some older posts)
🔥Throws it with confidence, in any count
He’s always had a great Changeup, but often times he relied on his 12-6 curveball and upper 90’s fastball.
By finding this pitch, and being effective with it, he’s added years to his career. This is a VERY TOUGH pitch to adjust to, let alone make solid contact with.
What’s holding you back from throwing a Changeup?
Let us help!
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We’ve been doing a lot of stuff on an extended front side. We wanted to show Lucas Giolito and his unique mechanics.
The main thing within our mechanics is making sure everything is on time to maximize our energy into the release of the baseball.
Giolito has a short arm action with a short glove side as well. In a way, visually the complete opposite from what having an extended front side shows.
We paused this video in 3 places.
The first, is at the peak of the leg kick. Momentum is beginning to drift down hill.
The second freeze, is at hand break. We see that he’s already down the hill before his hands break. The only way to catch up to our lower half is by shortening the path from break to release - hint, where we see his shorter arm and glove sides.
Now, the last freeze is showing a UNIQUE glove side. A few guys do this in the bigs (Joe Kelly & Zach Plesac are few examples) each one I’ve noticed at their elbow pointing in that extended direction towards the target WHILE the forearm —> To wrist —> To hand are all relaxed! This does help prevent the shoulders over rotating.
All these shorter movements allow for his upper body to continue to build momentum and the arm catches up to release the ball on time with our relaxed front side.
You can even see his front side freely moving post release.
A very unique situation when it comes to our front side and arm path.
He figured out that he becomes more comfortable, relaxed and on time when he breaks his hands a little later with shorter movements with his upper body to allow for the lower half to rotate and ride!
Of course, this does not work for everyone but is used as a great drill to allow feel in our lower half.
A very unique situation. But wanted to share our thoughts and what we’ve been looking at with front side extension.
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This is a beautiful example of how important mobility and stability in the body is.
Chapman has a solid lower half - with tremendous shoulder mobility to let the arm tag along for the ride the lower half has created.
Also, front side extension, the extension of the glove side usually extended to help create a lever for the rest of the upper half once our hips begin rotation.
So many guys have that extended glove side - all do it a little differently but they manage to get it extended one way or another to allow the hips to rotate before the shoulders.
Yes, @_thecubanmissile54 is a unique talent. Physically, he’s gifted but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from his efficient mechanics.
Excited to watch this guy close out games in the Bronx.
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Why can quarterbacks throw over and over with minimal injury risks compared to baseball players?
The football is heavier. The baseball is lighter.
In order to throw a football efficiently and far - we have to have good mechanics that are strong and quick.
We’ve seen MANY big leaguers transform their careers by throwing similar to a quarterback.
Efficient arm path, engaged lower half, activated core and hip flexion. We seen the hips creating the energy and leading the mechanics which allows the arm to be along for the ride.
Throwing a football is a phenomenal tool to use to engage an efficient arm path.
Football Weight: 1 lb.
Baseball Weight: 5 oz.
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Ryu has one of the best Changeups in baseball.
I love the close up // slo mo video to help identify which fingers are in play for the Changeup.
The thumb is underneath the ball to help control it and maintain a solid foundational grip.
The two finger on top of the ball. Middle and Ring Fingers.
The objective is to try and get the ring finger on top of the ball - this is where we see the decelerated velocity compared to our fastball.
Naturally, our middle finger will be the last one to touch the ball, simply because it is our longest finger. Unless we have modified our grip to where the middle finger is slightly griped at an angle on the ball (check out Pedro Martinez Circle Changeup Grip). We still want to emphasize pressure on thumb and ring finger to prevent the middle from dominating and adding velocity to the ball.
Lastly, intent. We must throw the pitch hard. Ryu has a beautiful finish through in the second video to where his Changeup creates late life.
Build trust with this pitch and your grip. Throw it everyday in catch play. Throw it in bullpens. Create a “feel” for the pitch so that we can consistently throw this pitch in our outings. Some days it may be off, and that’s where we adjust and maintain belief.
You’re the best pitcher out there. Believe that.
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Pitching with confidence and a clear mind.
Positive phrases and belief in every pitch creates success. Our mind is extremely powerful!
@mstrooo6 pitching and winning WBC MVP by pitching with confidence, conviction, and composure.
Create those 3 C’s and you’ll be successful on the mound.
Check out another guy with solid front side extension and being loose with that glove hand. It helps engage the hips right as we plant our foot.
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Why is Tommy Kahnle’s Changeup so hard?
Notice how the ball jumps off of his middle finger. Our most dominant fingers that create the most spin and velo is the index and middle finger.
If you are having trouble decreasing velocity on your Changeup, try focusing on shifting pressure and emphasis from the middle finger to your ring finger. A less dominant finger.
When done correctly, it’ll help decrease our velo on this pitch. We would like to be anywhere from 7-10 mph slower than our fastball.
Play catch with multiple grips and finger placements to see which Changeup grip works for you.
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Extension on the Changeup is huge for late and abundant movement.
Check out the stoppage of the video at the extension and release of the pitch. His hand is ready to pronate and release.
That’s where the arm side run will come from. The ring finger will be on the ball a tad longer than the middle finger to decelerate the ball and create the low velo.
I love pausing videos to see the realize and where the finger placement is on different pitches.
We also need to have quick arm action to help create additional movement and disguise our off speed from our fastball.
Lastly, I can’t explain how important Changeup catch is. The more we can throw with the grip and get a feel for one of the most feel pitches in baseball. Most guys will go out to 90-100 feet and throw 10-20 Changeups to throw it as much as possible.
Build a foundation and always create a routine of getting a feel for this pitch: whether it is playing Changeup catch or just holding the grip while in the dugout or in BP. Find what works for you.
I’ve posted this video so many times, it’s so good.
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The effect of having a dynamic Changeup in your arsenal. Late on the fastball —> Early on the changeup.
If you can’t throw your fastball for a strike 8/10 - then you probably can’t throw your Changeup effectively.
Learn to throw hard to a spot. Throw with intent and trust your body.
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