Comments on: Breaking Down Tim Alderson’s Delivery http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/03/breaking-down-tim-aldersons-delivery.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:23:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/03/breaking-down-tim-aldersons-delivery.html#comment-6432 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 15:50:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=8548#comment-6432 I agree, righties under 90mph don’t get far unless they have movement and command like crazy. That makes sense what you found out about when he was younger. He probably threw hard and was successful so they didn’t try to change him. With guys of his frame, there’s a certain awkwardness to their coordination alot of times. He seems to not have that coordination.

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/03/breaking-down-tim-aldersons-delivery.html#comment-6423 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 14:36:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=8548#comment-6423 I am not a pitching expert but I have read that when he was younger he was getting away with the bad mechanics but as he filled out it became more difficult to be successful with them. Possibly because of declining athleticism? Obviously he was doing something right early on in the minors and it’s not all because of pitching against better competition because he pitched well at high A before and when he got demoted he got rocked by high A hitters. I don’t know if he is resistant to coaching or what but I’d make him start the season in extended spring training until he gets these issues smoothed out. Righties that throw under 90 mph are more often than not useless so he’s looking more and more like a bust.

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/03/breaking-down-tim-aldersons-delivery.html#comment-6368 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 18:33:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=8548#comment-6368 Which brings up the questions – what did the Pirates see in him? And how did this kid put up good numbers in the past? This guy came over for Freddy Sanchez, so if they saw Alderson as a project that was a terrible risk. I hope he gains the coordination or athleticism he needs to correct all this, but as AC/DC said “Its a long to the top if you wanna rock n roll”

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By: cpass http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/03/breaking-down-tim-aldersons-delivery.html#comment-6367 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 17:24:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=8548#comment-6367 Absolutely yes, you are right. The first thing I noticed is that his arm is nowhere near fully loaded, yet his front foot is planted. This is bad, bad, bad mechanics. Ideally the arm is fully loaded and ready to move forward at foot plant, or very close to fully loaded. Some organizations will not touch a pitcher who isn’t, either in the draft or in trade.

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By: Charlie Conley http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/03/breaking-down-tim-aldersons-delivery.html#comment-6366 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 17:09:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=8548#comment-6366 I’m not a pitching coach, so my thoughts are much more at the layman level. The very top photo in Tim’s post is so ungainly looking …it looks like how I imagine Napoleon Dynamite would if he were going thru a windup. So, I fear you’re correct about his having not having sufficient athleticism. Kids in LL have tighter, more compact deliveries than what show in Tim’s photo sequence.

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/03/breaking-down-tim-aldersons-delivery.html#comment-6364 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:54:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=8548#comment-6364 You played tennis in high school, too? Now I know how we will settle my next raise.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/03/breaking-down-tim-aldersons-delivery.html#comment-6363 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:49:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=8548#comment-6363 That would be true about his velocity not being a problem if the control was there. However, he doesn’t have pinpoint control. His control was off yesterday. That’s why there’s cause for a lot of concern with him and his velocity.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/03/breaking-down-tim-aldersons-delivery.html#comment-6362 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:48:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=8548#comment-6362 Thanks for the insight!

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/03/breaking-down-tim-aldersons-delivery.html#comment-6361 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:47:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=8548#comment-6361 I did play tennis in high school, to the point where I was in 1-2 tournaments a weekend. The serve in tennis is a similar motion to pitching, as far as how you want to transfer your momentum. So this is something I’m somewhat familiar with, even if I’m just a numbers cruncher.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/03/breaking-down-tim-aldersons-delivery.html#comment-6360 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:46:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=8548#comment-6360 Alderson was throwing mostly fastballs, and these were pictures of his fastball. I had multiple sequences (I usually take 3-4 shots of a pitcher’s delivery), and they all were similar.

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