Pitching Mechanics Analysis
I spend most of my time looking at the pitching mechanics of guys
with problematic pitching mechanics. However, every once in a
while I come across a pitcher with quality pitching mechanics. Carlos Martinez, a pitching prospect for the St. Louis
Cardinals, is just such a pitcher.
The nearest comparable for Carlos Martinez is Justin
Verlander. That judgment is base on Carlos Martinez's arm
action, his timing, and his velocity.
The thing to focus on is Carlos Martinez's timing. Notice
how, at the moment his Glove Side (GS) foot plants, Carlos
Martinez's Pitching Arm Side (PAS) forearm is externally rotated
That is the hallmark of good timing.
Of course, there are a thousand ways that Carlos Martinez
could fail. For instance, there's some indication that he tips
his pitches; I could tell every time he was about to throw his
curveball by watching his PAS wrist. I'm also slightly concerned
that, like Freddy Garcia, his PAS forearm gets up a bit early
and pauses for a frame or two.
However, Carlos Martinez has to be regarded as a
truly intriguing prospect.