Pitcher Analysis: Brian Bannister

September 4, 2010 at 4:28 am Leave a comment

OK it’s been awhile since I’ve made any sort of post, but it’s been for good reason.  Wasn’t quite sure how to get back into the swing of things so I figured I’d just start with some pitcher analysis to get my thoughts working again.

Before this thing starts to look like a Tigers blog, I’m gonna do a post on a Kansas City Royal.  Your first thought is like “oh sweet, Greinke post!”  Wrong.  Brian Bannister.  Wanna know why?  Mostly because I can and because he has some interesting things to his mechanics.

The Good

  • Starting at the beginning we see a good, high leg kick and that he moves his hands in good unison with his leg as it comes up.  This leads too…
  • Proper breaking of the glove and throwing hand.  This is essential in timing and arm slot which both equate to proper release point.
  • This bullet point doesn’t have much to do with good pitching but his glove hand ends up by his arm pit.  This is more of a face protection thing for those hard liners.
  • I don’t see this too often so this is definitely note worthy.  But Bannister brings the ball to the cocked position very well.  Very nice smooth motion there.  This takes lots of stress off the major joints in the arm such as the elbow and shoulder where most of the loading takes place.
  • Very good hip rotation.  This is where a lot of the velocity of the pitch should come from.  This is the birth place of the pitching kinetic chain.

The Goofy

  • I see one strange thing with this motion really and I’m working off whatever I can find off of YouTube/MLB.com.  The follow through after the pitch is full of awkward motion.  So much so that I first thought he was throwing the ball really funny.  But the reality is that he starts his follow through correctly with the arm going to the opposite side of his body, but than he quickly brings it back so it’s now moving directly away from home plate.  I put this under “goofy” because it’s not incredibly dangerous but it does have it’s dangers.  It puts stress on the joints, namely the shoulder.  Basically it’s negligible for him because the rest of his delivery is pretty sound with all the momentum and velocity coming from the proper sources in the chain.  So Bannister gets one “goofy.”

The Bad

  • Normally bad things are easy to find, but I see nothing really in Bannisters delivery to cause me any sort of extreme alarm to just go ahead and label it “bad.”  Congrat’s Brian, you aren’t mechanically “bad.”

So there you guys have it, Brian Bannister is pretty interesting.  Good mechanics with an interesting quark.  Hopefully this is my foray into more frequent analysis.  As always, comments are appreciated.

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