Why mlb scouts look for very tall pitchers? | Pitcher Athletic Profiles | TopVelocity Baseball Forum
April 22, 2014
October 24, 2011
well, being a short pitcher myself, I have definitely given this topic some thought, I’ll share my views…
Because tall guys have more leverage due to long limbs, they have the potential to throw harder on average. A 6’6” guy has the potential to throw in the 90s much more easily than someone who is 5’10”. I have seen tall pitchers with horrible mechanics topping out at 90 mph but I have never seen a short pitcher with horrible mechanics that hits over 83 or so.
Scouts hate pitchers with high effort in their delivery, and shorter/smaller guys who throw hard tend to have a lot of speed in their deliveries, which conventional wisdom doesn’t understand and sees as “high effort” and “violent”, which are negatives. So scouts stay away from little guys unless they throw really, really hard (or are amazing pure pitchers like Sergio Romo), and even then there are lots of questions around his durability and if he is actually legit.
I guess scouts think it is easier to rely more on leverage for velocity rather then pure athleticism in the long term. You aren’t going to ever lose your bone length but you could easily lose athleticism if you have stop training for a while. What they don’t seem to understand is that less effort and a smoother delivery does not always mean less injuries.
Watch Brent’s recent analysis of Matt Latos. As Brent explains in the video, if Latos was average in size his velocity wouldn’t be over 82 mph.
November 19, 2013
I think risk of injury is one reason why scouts don’t like violent deliveries, but I think the biggest issue they have with violent deliveries is usually the lack of command that comes along with these deliveries being harder to repeat. For example I don’t think guys like Lincecum or Stroman, who both are under sized and have high effort deliveries, will ever be command pitchers and instead rely heavily on their stuff, mainly mid 90’s fastballs. So inevitably when their fastballs start to lose velocity they will have less success if their control doesn’t improve, which is what I think happened to Lincecum. I think when scouts look at starters they like to see size and easy deliveries because for the most part they can be successful for longer periods of time versus a shorter max effort guys who they envision as bullpen guys.
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