Pitching Mechanics Analysis
To date, the Oakland A's have been remarkably good at dumping
pitchers at the point where their trade value is maximized and
any injury problems have yet to clearly manifest themselves.
It looks like that streak may end with Sonny Gray.
However, the way the A's ended Sonny Gray's 2016 season, with
him pitching one solid inning and then being pulled before
anything could go wrong, likely means that the A's will get at
least some value out of him.
They might even find a sucker who will over-pay for a pitcher
with deeply flawed pitching mechanics.
Sonny Gray's Inverted W
Despite its being quite easy to see, the root cause
of Sonny Gray's injury problems is NOT his
Rather, the root cause of Sonny Gray's injury
problems is that his Inverted W creates a
As I explain in the
Science Behind The Epidemic, Timing problems are the main
driving force behind the
Tommy John surgery and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome epidemic.
The Inverted W likely gave Sonny Gray a velocity boost when
he first learned it, but it is now taking its toll on his arm.
By holding the Inverted W into foot plant, and not just passing through the position, Sonny Gray ensures that his
arm will not be in a safe position when his shoulders start to
In short, Sonny Gray's arm is FLAT at foot plant when it should be UP.
For obvious reasons, I call this
Flat Arm Syndrome.
What's worse, Sonny Gray holds a
position as his arm starts to externally rotate, making it even
later and putting even more stress on his arm.
Hopefully, that will just get Sonny Gray's elbow.
However, I see some things that make me worry that it may be
getting both Sonny Gray's elbow and his shoulder.
That is the worst-case scenario and exactly what happened to Anthony Reyes and