I put this piece together to accompany
my June 4, 2018
conversation with the guys at 101 ESPN in St. Louis. We talked about Alex
Reyes, his pitching mechanics, and his injury problems...
Chris O'Leary on Alex Reyes
The following are some of my more accurate tweets about Alex
Reyes that I have tweeted @thepainguy.
Pronation was my original, and more technical term for what
I now call the
Tommy John Twist. What's ironic is
Jeff Passan pooh-poohed my ideas, and especially the idea that
Premature Pronation is bad, in his book The Arm.
Similarly, I've had people come back at me on Twitter and tell me what
Alex Reyes does is what they were taught.
That it's textbook
I would hope that Alex Reyes' injury
problems will start people wondering if the textbook is wrong.
As it turns out, I saw the same pattern -- what I call
Flat Arm Syndrome -- in Cardinals pitcher Brad Thompson.
Thompson didn't have the
Tommy John Twist that Alex Reyes
has -- notice how Thompson's thumb is point FORWARD while Reyes' is
pointing DOWN -- but he did have the
Flat Arm Syndrome
Compare what Alex Reyes to what Justin Verlander does. See how JV's pitching arm is UP
and not FLAT into foot plant?
Some people say that's inconsequential.
That's JV's just a freak.
I'm not so sure.
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