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Monday, June 30, 2008 | By Alex Eisenberg

The Inefficient Pitching Mechanics of Micah Owings

Recently I was asked about Micah Owings, specifically why he doesn’t throw for a higher velocity. One of the first things I noticed was an inefficiency in his mechanics. The full article you can read at Baseball Digest Daily, but I wanted to give you an idea of what the inefficiency is in his wind-up:

Micah Owings' pitching mechanics Micah Owings

What do you see? Here is how I describe the inefficiency in Owings' delivery:

"...notice the arm's position as the hips rotate aggressively: it is still rising up into a ready to throw position. Ideally, when the torso is uncoiled forward, the arm should be brought with it, but in Owings' case, he loses out on the rotational forces that come with an aggressive hip rotation because his arm doesn't move forward with the torso."