Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Is there reason to be concerned about Wheeler...

You could say that the Giants are pitching rich and could afford to give up Zach Wheeler for an aging, balky kneed rental player or you could be concerned that they knew something. Don't get me wrong, regardless of what happens with Wheeler, the fact that Sandy Alderson was able to get that type of prospect for Beltran is a major win...

The other day I was doing a post on Johan Santana coming back from shoulder surgery and Mark Prior is one of the few pitchers attempting the same comeback  ( along with last night's pitcher Wang).  In looking into Prior I found this break down by Chris O'Leary of Prior's mechanics.  Prior was said to have the perfect mechanics, however; in O'Leary's break down he feels it's it's his mechanics that caused his injuries.

A few days after that post Metsblog posted this video of Zach Wheeler's delivery and it struck me how similar Wheeler's delivery was to Prior's.  Now in O'Leary's break down he compares Prior to Nolan Ryan, the pitcher's seem to have very similar deliveries but where they differ is in the positioning of their pitching elbow through the delivery.  To my layman's eyes Wheeler's elbow looks strikingly similar to Prior's, hope I'm wrong or at least the health results are different...

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