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January 3, 2014

Hot Stove Scouting Report

Grant Balfour

by Ryan Parker


See our introduction to the Hot Stove Scouting Report series here.

Player Name: Grant Balfour

Date Filed: 1/1/2014

Throws

Role

Arm Angle

Wind Up

Rubber

R

CL

OV

Middle

Delivery/Mechanics

High-energy mechanical profile. Uses full windup even as a relief pitcher. Accelerates through delivery but is athletic enough to where nothing is flying open or yanking his body offline. Has exaggerated spine tilt late in delivery but as a reliever this is less of an issue. Allows him to attack both righties and lefties. Hides ball much better than expected, leading to fastballs that appear to jump on hitters. Issues in his mechanics come from his lower half. Sinks into backside shortly after maximum leg lift. Front leg can betray mechanics either by landing too short and allowing arm to get ahead of body or by landing with a stiff front leg as arm lags behind. These issues come either early in his appearance or in the first few pitches from the stretch. Fixes mechanics quickly in game and is able to reclaim release point.

Breakdown of Pitches

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