Alex Eisenberg of Baseball Intellect has some video analysis of Joba Chamberlain, the Yankees’ enigmatic young hurler. He tries to compare Joba’s mechanics this season to those he used in 2008, to see if they could explain his lowered velocity this season (92.5 mph avg. fastball velocity in 2009, compared to 95 in 2008). This disparity would probably be a little less pronounced if Joba’s velocity as a starter last season was compared to his starting velocity this season, but from watching him this season, his velocity has been erratic, sitting anywhere from 91-94 in a given start. I’ll let you read the article yourself and look at the videos, but Alex has noticed a few minor mechanical changes that Joba has made, which may not be conducive to higher velocity. Rather than making radical changes in mechanics, Alex offers a simple suggestion: Stick with what worked for Joba in the past. It’s a good read.
Edit: Whoops, Steve already linked to this article. Oh well, it’s an off day, and we need something to talk about other than Bruney vs. Marte vs. Guzman.
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