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    Would appreciate any thoughts on my son's technique. His pop times are as of today...2.25 best, most 2.3-2.5, worst 2.7. Would love to get them down to 2.15-2.35 by tryouts. I think its in body mechanics. What do you think?

    There's a vid of receiving too.

    Throws..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7NK3L_gg7s
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaS_EeWN58E
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8qF8SxxtNI
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_yQEPtm7Uo

    Receiving....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XQYKFmKq6M

  • #2
    I just took a quick glance but here is one thing that will help. Watch how as he receives the pitch, his glove travels outward towards the ball--creating separation between his glove and his throwing hand. Picture this with me... So his glove reaches out, he catches the ball, he has to bring either the glove backwards towards his hand and throw OR he has to bring his hand to the glove then bring the ball back and throw.

    Work on him catching the ball deeper with the glove and having his bare hand close to the glove for the transfer. Think about it...the pitch is already traveling at a pretty fast rate. Use that precious time to let the pitch travel a tad bit longer, and then quickly transfer and throw instead of "going to get the ball" with the glove hand.

    EDIT: Keep in mind, this is for a good pitch within the frame of the catcher's body. Naturally, you would have to extend the glove to catch if the pitch is a fastball low and away for example. Therefore, the action will be slower, and that's why it's harder to throw out a runner when a "bad" pitch is thrown (with the exception of a fastball up, for obvious reasons).

    I guess the best way to say this is to let the hands work as a unit. Don't let one get too far away from the other when receiving/transferring.
    Last edited by Matt; 12-28-2010, 12:50 PM.

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    • #3
      I'm surprised he's even in the 2.3 - 2.5 range. From the videos it did not look like that. He must have a strong arm.

      His transfer from glove to arm is slow in my opinion and his throwing motion takes too long as well.

      Work on doing medicine and agility training that focuses on improving pop times. I'm not an expert in catcher training so I'll leave that to the others.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by next ortiz View Post
        I'm surprised he's even in the 2.3 - 2.5 range. From the videos it did not look like that. He must have a strong arm.
        I agree and yes he has a strong arm. Also plays third and can really fire the ball across the corners.

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        • #5
          He gets rid of the ball quickly and efficiently.
          In all four videos his pop-to-release times were under .8 secs.
          IMO, his mechanics are sound and his pop times will drop as gets older and his throwing arm gets stronger.


          Possibly, when he cocks his throwing arm, he brings the ball behind his head? Hard to tell.
          Edited: I agree with Matt that he chases the ball somewhat.

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          Edited to say:
          Your son gets rid of the ball in less than .8 secs.
          If his throw to second averaged 60mph while it was in the air, the ball would arrive at second base in 1.45 seconds, resulting in a pop-time of 2.25.
          My guess is that a throw that leaves the hand at 70mph has an average speed of about 60mph over 127ft.
          Last edited by skipper5; 12-28-2010, 01:22 PM.
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          • #6
            St.
            I agree his times look slower than what is listed above. Are you measuring glove to glove?
            The best there is is CatchingCoach... He's been on once and awhile as he recovers.. Send him a PM.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jake Patterson View Post
              St.
              I agree his times look slower than what is listed above. Are you measuring glove to glove?
              The best there is is CatchingCoach... He's been on once and awhile as he recovers.. Send him a PM.
              Jake
              yep....glove to glove.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by next ortiz View Post
                His transfer from glove to arm is slow in my opinion.
                I saw that too.

                Is he trying to grip the ball or just grab it and throw it?
                Hitting Coordinator for Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.

                I also work with the pitchers who are dealing with injury problems.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by skipper5 View Post
                  Edited: I agree with Matt that he chases the ball somewhat.
                  I don't understand what you mean. Can you explain more?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SLBaseballDad View Post
                    Would appreciate any thoughts on my son's technique. His pop times are as of today...2.25 best, most 2.3-2.5, worst 2.7. Would love to get them down to 2.15-2.35 by tryouts. I think its in body mechanics. What do you think?

                    There's a vid of receiving too.

                    Throws..

                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7NK3L_gg7s
                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaS_EeWN58E
                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8qF8SxxtNI
                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_yQEPtm7Uo

                    Receiving....

                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XQYKFmKq6M
                    Here's what Molina does on a throw down to 1B.

                    Hitting Coordinator for Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.

                    I also work with the pitchers who are dealing with injury problems.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Chris O'Leary View Post
                      Here's what Molina does on a throw down to 1B.

                      Do you have the end of the clip???
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Jake Patterson View Post
                        Do you have the end of the clip???
                        What are you interested in? The clip is through the release point.
                        Hitting Coordinator for Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.

                        I also work with the pitchers who are dealing with injury problems.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by SLBaseballDad View Post
                          There's several real good things going on... He works his set-up well with both feet pointing up the line. One thing he has to get used to as he climbs the ladder is getting "quiet" once he's set. CatchingCoach's term - I believe - is you have to disappear behind the plate. I would strongly recommend his DVD.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Chris O'Leary View Post
                            What are you interested in? The clip is through the release point.
                            Throwing side leg... I wanted to see how far he rotated his his through.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Jake Patterson View Post
                              Throwing side leg... I wanted to see how far he rotated his his through.
                              What you see is what he does.

                              His back leg doesn't come through or anything.

                              This is a snap throw down to 1B, and not a throw down to 2B, but I don't know if that would change that much.
                              Hitting Coordinator for Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.

                              I also work with the pitchers who are dealing with injury problems.

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