I'm not being critical of his form overall - rhythm, tempo, repeatability all look good -- what I am saying is that he is not engaging his legs as much as he probably should.Quote:
On the video, Giolito seems to have great form.
Every pitcher instruction is leg up, then down and out.
Der. In the simplest sense of pitching, yes, leg goes up, down and out. It's also a little more complex than that. It's not that he should go "up-out-down" either. Compare Verlander's sideview to Giolito's sideview (specifically one minute and fifty-two seconds in). In Verlander's case, when his leg hits the pinnacle and starts its descent, he's already driving forward off of his back leg. So as he's coming down, he's moving forward and driving off the mound. In Giolito's case, when he hits the peak of his leg lift, he's bringing the front leg back down before moving forward with his body thereby limiting the amount of drive in his kinetic chain.Quote:
The front leg should go "up-down-out" helping a pitcher to keep his weight back over the mound, which in turn allows him to generate power with his back leg. If the pitcher's front leg goes "up-out-down" if throws off his balance, causes him to open up his front side, and rush his arm forward to catch up with the body.
So, his mechanics are smooth, repeatable, etc but the leg lift is the one thing I would offer as a "hmm" situation when contemplating him and his mechanics - that there is a potential for Giolito for putting stress on his arm. For someone throwing triple-digits and have a long ways to go from high school to the big leagues, there is a chance that his arm starts to wear. I'm not saying its detrimental nor even a reason not to draft him.